Lady Seahawks top Bluffton to reach Lower State Finals

The Myrtle Beach High volleyball team advanced to the Lower State Finals for the first time in school history with a 3-1 victory over visiting Bluffton on Monday night.

Meagan Milligan had 20 kills, Amy Wiggins had eight kills and four blocks and Melissa Dixon tallied 26 assists to pace the Lady Seahawks past the Lady Bobcats 25-15, 25-21, 13-25, 25-20.

Myrtle Beach dominated from the start, jumping out to an 8-2 lead in the opening game and rolling the rest of the way. Game 2 came down to the end before the Lady Seahawks closed it out strong.

“We came out and played well from the opening serve … and never looked back,” said Myrtle Beach coach Larry Church. “The third game they jumped all over us.”

Bluffton’s 25-15 win was the first game Myrtle Beach has lost since the last month in a tournament at Dorman. The Lady Seahawks, who swept their way to the region title, must not have liked the feeling, bouncing back in Game 4 to clinch the match.

“This is the second straight year our region has been represented in the Lower State Finals,” Church said. “We hope to finish what North Myrtle started. This was a really good win for us over a good team.”

The Lady Seahawks will travel to Camden, which defeated Chapin on Monday night, for Wednesday’s Lower State Finals.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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