Soaring Lady Seahawks bounce Cane Bay in playoffs

The Myrtle Beach Seahawks got off to a smashing start to the Class AAA volleyball playoffs, sweeping visiting Cane Bay 3-0 in Tuesday’s opening round.

The top-seeded Lady Seahawks dominated from start to finish, taking three straight games 25-9, 25-14, 25-10. It wasn’t a perfect performance, but it was pretty close.

“We came out a little sluggish and still had some errors,” Myrtle Beach coach Larry Church said. “But other than that, that was what we’re looking for in terms of effort and teamwork. They played together well.”

After Myrtle Beach middle hitter Meagan Milligan flexed her muscle at the net early en route to a 9-0 lead, Cane Bay looked for weak spots on the Lady Seahawks’ side, but to no avail.

Myrtle Beach’s Melissa Doss and Amy Wiggins scored on big shots and Kaitlin Ousley closed out the first game with a kill to set the tone for bigger things to come.

Myrtle Beach delivered so many hard spikes off opposing players that several balls flew into the stands, bounced off the ceiling and the retractable basketball goals and on their own bench. One knocked over Cane Bay’s water cooler and another hit a player square in the face.

After winning a hard-fought middle game, Myrtle Beach substituted several players to make key contributions. Shaquilla Denney and Ousley had big spikes and Milligan closed out the match by painting the back line with another hard shot.

Milligan led the team with 15 kills, but the stats were evenly spread throughout the roster.

“That’s been our team’s motto ever since Meagan got hurt (last month),” Church said. “Everybody had to step up their games and this is when that really starts to pay off. I played everyone tonight, so that’s a good sign.”

Myrtle Beach returns home for a second-round game on Thursday against Airport. The match begins at 6 p.m.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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