MB wins, sets up region title clash with rival NMB

The Myrtle Beach High volleyball team swept Marlboro County 3-0 on Tuesday night, winning by scores of 25-5, 25-8 and 25-10 to set up a huge showdown with rival North Myrtle Beach on Thursday to decide the Region 7-4A championship.

The Lady Seahawks (14-4 overall, 6-1 region) look to avenge their only loss of the season against North Myrtle Beach, which swept Myrtle Beach on its own home floor Sept. 26.

The Lady Chiefs (26-8-1, 6-1 region) are 2-1 in head-to-head matchups against the Seahawks this year, including a 2-1 (25-22, 24-26, 16-14) thriller in the semifinals of the Lexington Wildcat Invitational tournament.

“Our coaches know each other, our players know each other, but when Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach play, friendships are set aside and it’s a fight to win,” NMB coach Alex Sing said. “You have two great teams playing a rivalry game for a region title. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

North Myrtle Beach enters the match ranked No. 1 in the state Class 4A rankings followed by Myrtle Beach at No. 2 (MaxPreps). It is the first time that local schools have been ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the state.

“That speaks volumes about the level of play here along the Grand Strand,” Sing said. “Several of our local schools are doing great things and making runs in the playoffs. It is a testament to the time these girls are putting in. Right after high school most of them we’ll see playing club volleyball.”

Thursday’s winner will earn the region crown and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs and home court advantage that comes with it. But if the rankings are right, the two teams could meet again for the Lower State final. The game will be played at North Myrtle Beach on Thursday following the 5:30 p.m. JV match.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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