NMB, Socastee, St. James sweep past first-round foes

No. 1-ranked and top-seeded North Myrtle Beach backed up those numbers with a dominating performance in the first round of the Class 3A volleyball playoffs.

The Lady Chiefs (26-1) wasted little time dispatching Darlington (2-15) with a 3-0 sweep, 25-4, 25-3, 25-9. Senior Taylor Allman led North Myrtle Beach with nine kills to help carry her team to the second round.

Lauren Linta scored on 15 consecutive serves, six of them aces, in the second set. She finished with 20 service points and 10 aces. Sarah McClosky added four kills, Tara Hix tallied 12 assists and Madison Treece added eight assists.

The Lady Chiefs will play host to the winner of Tuesday’s first-round match between  James Island and Gilbert at 6 p.m. Thursday. They have not lost a home match all season.

* Socastee 3, Crestwood 0: The Lady Braves swept their way to the second round of the Class 3A playoffs with a home win over Crestwood, 25-20, 25-16, 25-1.

Rachel Hall went a perfect 20-for-20 on serves, 16 in a row, with six aces, and Dale Rogers (nine kills, one dig, one ace), Katherine Hall (25 assists, one ace) and Sam Speedling (three kills, two aces) combined to go 20-for-20 at the service line.

Alison Markley made one ace, eight kills and 12 assists, Annamarie Guest had four aces, 11 kills and one block, Brea Hanson had one ace, two kills and one block, Jessica Haugen made three aces, one kill and seven digs, and Madison Lowe added two kills and one dig for the Lady Braves, who face the winner of Hilton Head and Midland Valley on Thursday.

* St. James 3, Marlboro County 0: The third-seeded Lady Sharks swept second-seeded Marlboro County on the road in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs, 25-13, 25-18, 25-14.

Katie Cook made 13 service points for the Lady Sharks and Hayley Settle tallied six kills to beat the Lady Bulldogs in their backyard. St. James advances to face the winner of Tuesday’s Airport-Orangeburg Wilkinson match in Thursday’s second round.

* Hartsville 3, Myrtle Beach 1: One year after making a run to the Class 3A state title game, the fourth-seeded Lady Seahawks were knocked out in the first round by top-seeded Hartsville 25-17, 15-25, 14-25, 19-25.

Myrtle Beach’s Maggie Slabinski had 11 kills and Shelby Sheets made eight kills as the Lady Seahawks’ season comes to a close.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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