Socastee’s season comes to end with loss to Hilton Head

Socastee’s surprisingly strong volleyball season came to an end in Thursday’s second round of the Class 3A state playoffs with a 3-1 loss at Hilton Head.

The second-seeded Lady Braves (11-9) split the first two sets, 15-25, 25-20, before the top-seeded Lady Seahawks stepped it up in the final two. Socastee lost 14-25 and 18-25 to see its season come to a close.

Socastee senior Alison Markley converted 15 of 16 serves with two aces and added four kills, seven assists and four digs. Classmates Sam Speedling made three kills, three digs and one block; Jessica Haugen had an ace and three digs and Maria Paperella contributed three digs and one kills in their final high school matches. Fellow seniors Brea Hanson, Nicole Currall and Jourdan Cooper also ended their careers.

The Lady Braves have several players returning, including Annamarie Guest, who had four kills, two aces, two digs and a block; Dale Rogers, who served four aces, nine kills, three digs, two blocks and an assist; Katherine Hall with 12 assists and a dig; Madison Lowe made two kills, one block and one dig.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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