Myrtle Beach takes broom to Lady Chiefs, region title

The Myrtle Beach volleyball team did more than win the region championship Thursday night. The Lady Seahawks did it with an exclamation point.

With a packed house on hand to witness senior night and Myrtle Beach’s chance to clinch the Region VIII-AAA title against rival North Myrtle Beach, the Lady Seahawks put on an impressive performance to emphatically claim the region’s regular-season title with a 25-17, 25-12, 25-13 win.

The victory made Myrtle Beach a perfect 8-0 in region play with a sweep of all region foes, and sent a message to those outside the region that this team is for real.

“It was such a special night with it being senior night and the big crowd here,” said Myrtle Beach senior Amy Wiggins. “We played up together really well and showed we’re a good team. We want to go all the way to state.”

It’s hard to argue with the display the Lady Seahawks put on against North Myrtle Beach, which returned star Taylor Allman to the lineup since the two teams’ first meeting last month. But Myrtle Beach also welcomed back Meagan Milligan, who was an unstoppable force against the Lady Chiefs.

Milligan finished with a match-high 18 kills and slammed down several nonreturnable spikes. Wiggins and Shelby Sheets added to Myrtle Beach’s solid net play with a combined 15 kills and Melissa Dixon added 31 assists to contribute to the Lady Seahawks’ strong overall team play.

“The girls were a little amped up at first. We had a lot of serves go out-of-bounds, and I think that was just part of the excitement of the big game and the crowd,” Myrtle Beach coach Larry Church said. “But once they settled down they played great team volleyball. That’s what we’re looking for.”

The region tournament will be held next week at defending champion North Myrtle Beach, but Myrtle Beach is locked into the top spot for the state tournament. If the Lady Seahawks can continue to win, they will host the first three rounds of the Class AAA state tournament.

Photo Credit—Rancier Photography

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