NMB faces rivals MB, CF in Border Battle Tournament

The North Myrtle Beach volleyball team will cap a busy preseason this weekend by hosting the Border Battle Tournament involving teams from North and South Carolina schools.

The Chiefs competed at the Best of the Best Tournament at Davidson (NC) College in Charlotte on Saturday, and then they hosted a home tri-match against St. James and The King’s Academy of Florence on Monday night.

The Best of the Best Tournament featured some of the top teams in Georgia and the Carolinas. The Chiefs defeated Class 5A Fort Mill (25-14, 25-22) and Statesville, NC (25-21, 25-21) before dropping a close three-set match to Cardinal Gibbons (18-25, 25-23, 15-8).

In the Gold bracket, the Chiefs played eventual runner-up Blessed Trinity out of Atlanta losing a hard fight match (25-21, 28-26). The Chiefs finished seventh out of 16 teams overall.

In Monday’s tri-match, the Chiefs defeated The King’s Academy 25-18, 25-18. Kayla Henley and Raegan Matney led the Chiefs’ balanced attack with six kills each, followed by Sydney Bellamy with five. Matney also had 16 assist and 4 aces.

The Chiefs defeat St. James in the final match 25-18, 25-17. Kayla Henley nine kills.

The Chiefs host the Border Battle Tournament at home this weekend featuring Wando, Porter Gaud, defending state champion Myrtle Beach, Carolina Forest, and North Carolina schools Hoggard, Roxboro Community, and West Henderson. Games start Friday at 5:30 p.m. and continue Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Photo by Louis Keiner

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