Volleyball: NMB wins in OT again; Socastee downs CF

nmbvolley-5Playing their fourth match in as many days, the North Myrtle Beach volleyball team had to dig deep to find some fuel in Thursday’s Region 7-3A showdown with St. James.

The Lady Chiefs found it in the form of freshman Sydney Bellamy, who led North Myrtle Beach back from an 0-2 deficit to defeat the Lady Sharks in their third five-set tiebreaker of the week.

The Lady Chiefs (7-2) lost the first two matches 18-25 and 19-25 before coach Erica Allman moved Bellamy from her usual role of middle hitter to outside hitter. She finished with 16 kills to lead North Myrtle Beach to wins of 25-19, 25-19 and 15-4.

North Myrtle Beach’s Maddie Roy made 42 assists and Maggie Hash made 25 kills as the Lady Chiefs completed a wild 4-0 week. The slipped past Carolina Forest and West Brunswick in fifth-set tiebreakers by identical 15-13 scores while also sweeping Wilson.

* Socastee 3, Carolina Forest 1: The Lady Braves climbed into the driver’s seat of the Region 6-4A title chase by defeating the rival Lady Panthers in a battle for first place.

Socastee took a 2-0 lead by winning the first two sets by scores of 25-15 and 25-18 before Carolina Forest stepped up its game and won the third set 25-19. But the Lady Braves claimed a hard-fought final set 25-22 to hand the previously unbeaten Lady Panthers (11-2) their second loss of the week.

Socastee’s Maddie Hunt scored 20 points, eight via aces, and and Katelynn Hine had 49 assists. Dale Rogers, Mary D. Guest, Eden Dukes and Megan Faris had a total of 46 kills.

Carolina Forest was led by Alexis Tomlin with 14 kills and Julie McKinney with 29 assists and 10 service points.

* Myrtle Beach 3, Georgetown 0: The Lady Seahawks improved their record to 11-1 overall and 4-0 in the region by defeating the visiting Lady Bulldogs by scores of 25-8, 25-11 and 25-7.

Myrtle Beach’s Gracie Davis led the Lady Seahawks with 11 kills.

* Christian Academy 3, Florence Christian 0: Five Lady Saints recorded at least five kills to sweep visiting Florence Christian by scores of 25-20, 25-17 and 25-15.

Natalia Antonucci had a game-high eight kills and Katya Durocher added six. Caroline Gore and sisters Julia and Natalie Markley had five kills apiece as the Lady Saints (8-0) remained undefeated.
Photo by Michael Graves/Digital Magic Photo

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