NMB, CF clinch region titles, meet today in playoff tuneup

The North Myrtle Beach and Carolina Forest volleyball teams clinched their respective regular-season region championships on Tuesday.

The Lady Chiefs (11-2 overall, 9-0 region), the reigning Region 7-3A and Class 3A state champion, repeated their region title with a 3-0 sweep of visiting St. James.

North Myrtle Beach won by scores of 25-15, 25-9, 25-17. Shelby Carr had three aces, Tara Hix made 38 assists. On the front line, Ellen Johnson had 13 kills and Marci Chestnut added 11.

The Lady Panthers wrapped up their fifth consecutive Region 6-4A title with a 3-1 win over visiting Sumter to remain a perfect 7-0 in league play.

Carolina Forest won the first two sets easily 25-8 and 25-15 before falling 24-26. The Lady Panthers closed out the match with a 25-14 victory in the final set.

Alexis Tomlin led the Lady Panthers with 20 kills. Teammates Ellissa Smalls had 12 kills and six aces, and Macey Imming made 35 assists.

The two teams meet Wednesday at Carolina Forest in a non-region tri-meet with Aynor. North Myrtle Beach closes out the region and regular season at home Thursday against rival Myrtle Beach.

Photo by Joel Beachum, Carolina Clicks Photos

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