Volleyball: MB, Socastee fall as local title hopes fade

mbvolley-11For the first time since 2010, the Grand Strand area will not be represented in a high school volleyball state championship.

Myrtle Beach High lost to Aiken in the Class 3A Lower State semifinals, and Socastee was eliminated by River Bluff in the Class 4A Lower State semifinals, sending the last two local teams still standing home for the offseason.

Myrtle Beach lost to Aiken 3-0 in straight sets by scores of 25-16, 25-11, 25-18. The Lady Seahawks advanced to the Class 3A state championship match in 2011, and region rival North Myrtle Beach reached the state final the past two years, winning it all in 2012.

Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach finished second and first in the SCISA Class 1A state final in 2012 and 2013, respectively. The Lady Saints climbed to Class 2A this season and made it to the state semifinals before being eliminated.

Socastee also stepped up in classification this season, from 3A to 4A, but made its deepest run in recent years at the higher level. But they lost to three close sets to a tough Lady Gators team 3-0, 25-20, 25-23, and 25-22. River Bluff advances to face Wando in the Class 4A Lower State final.

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