St. James tops Socastee; NMB sweeps Region 7-3A

The North Myrtle Beach volleyball team capped a perfect 10-0 region record with a 3-0 victory over visiting Myrtle Beach on Thursday.

The Lady Chiefs (23-1, 10-0 Region 7-3A) ran the table in the region with a 25-14, 25-13, 25-19 win over the Lady Seahawks to take the title from Myrtle Beach.

North Myrtle Beach honored five seniors in their final home game of the regular season. Seniors Taylor Allman and Moriah Jones celebrated the occasion with a 17 kills and 30 assists, respectively.

Fellow seniors Sara Bushak, Sara McClosky and Pressley Fullum also received a standing ovation from the crowd for their play, and junior Tara Hix had 26 assists.

The Lady Chiefs will be the No. 1 seed in the region tournament, which will be held next week at Socastee.

* St. James 3, Socastee 1: The Lady Sharks secured a second-place tie with Socastee in the Region 7-3A standings with a hard-fought victory over the Lady Braves by the visitors.

The Lady Sharks battled to a 29-27 tiebreaker victory in the opener and Socastee evened the score with a 25-14 win in the second. But St. James got hot down the stretch to score close 25-23 and 25-22 victories to close it out.

Halley Settle had 15 kills and 11 service points and sister Courtney Settle added 10 kills and 10 service points to lead the Lady Sharks (7-9, 6-3). Alexis Gunnell made 30 assists and 10 kills.

Socastee slipped to 9-7 overall and 7-3 in the region but will play host to next week’s region tournament, which will determine the seedings going into the playoffs.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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