Sharks dig deep to down Braves, welcome Gravely

The St. James High volleyball team opened the regular season under first-year head coach Jennifer Gravely on Tuesday against rival Socastee. And if the outcome of her debut is any indication, the Lady Sharks should be in for an exciting season.

Trailing 2-1 and on the verge of defeat, St. James rallied to win the fourth set and the fifth-set tiebreaker for a thrilling 3-2 comeback victory over the Lady Braves. The heated contest was filled with runs, rallies and lead changes.

St. James claimed the first set 25-18, but the Lady Braves leveled the score with a 25-19 set of their own. Socastee led the pivotal third set big before the Lady Sharks reeled off seven straight points to force extra play. But Socastee took the set 27-25 and the momentum.

However, St. James responded with some clutch performances to win the fourth set 25-22. The Lady Sharks pulled away in the tiebreaker 15-12 to complete the comeback and welcome Gravely with a 1-0 start to her tenure.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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