NMB soars past Airport into state championship match

North Myrtle Beach is state championship game-bound.

The Lady Chiefs (29-1) continued their impressive run of sweeps to 11 consecutive games with a 3-0 victory over host Airport in the Lower State Championship match on Wednesday night in Columbia.

Ranked No. 1 in the state, North Myrtle Beach backed up its lofty rating by beating the Lady Eagles 25-20, 25-13, 25-13 to advance to Saturday’s Class 3A State Championship against Pickens. The match will be held at White Knoll High School.

Junior Ellen Johnson led the Lady Chiefs with 19 kills to keep the Lady Eagles on their heels from start to finish. Senior Taylor Allman also dominated from the front line, scoring 17 kills from the outside hitter position.

The victory was North Myrtle Beach’s 24th in a row and its 11th consecutive 3-0 win. The Lady Chiefs haven’t lost a single set since a Sept. 25 match against rival Myrtle Beach, which lost in last year’s Class 3A state title game.

Photo by Digital Magic Photography

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