Allman Joy: NMB welcomes star home with big victory

 

For the past three weeks, the North Myrtle Beach volleyball team has proven it is still a good team without injured star Taylor Allman.

For the past three days, the Lady Chiefs have shown they are a VERY good team with their star player back in the lineup, perhaps good enough to defend their Region VIII-AAA title.

After leading North Myrtle Beach to second place in the Best of the Beach tournament on Saturday and making the all-tourney team, Allman played on her home court Monday for the first time since missing much of the season while recovering from minor elective surgery.

The Lady Chiefs put on a dominating 3-0 sweep of Region VIII-AAAA defending champion Carolina Forest on Monday night, 25-20, 25-20, 25-11.

“You can tell a big difference with her out there, mostly just her leadership,” said North Myrtle Beach coach Estelle Barentine. “She’s obviously a great player, but we have a lot of talented players. But when she’s on the court, everyone plays better.”

Allman had a team-high 13 digs and eight kills and an immeasurable impact on the Lady Chiefs (18-3), who were swept on their home court by rival Myrtle Beach last week.
But after a one-game tune-up against Georgetown, Allman returned to regular minutes for the Best of the Beach, lifting the Lady Chiefs to seven straight wins before falling to Riverside in the championship game.

They somehow avoided playing tournament host Carolina Forest when the Lady Panthers lost to Riverside in the semifinals and settled for third place.
But Monday’s regular-season showdown came soon enough for North Myrtle Beach, which turned up the energy when the first game was tied at 18-all. Allman scored the game-winner by one-timing a ridiculous dig off the serve that the Lady Panthers couldn’t handle.

Allman set the tone for the rest of the match from the start of Game 2, firing an ace to open the game. Carolina Forest never fully recovered after the second game, with the Lady Chiefs turning a tight 9-8 lead into an easy victory.

“It’s great to be back,” Allman said. “We’re definitely coming together as a team.  The tournament this weekend was really good for us because I thought we got better as it went along, and tonight we played really well.

“It’s not just me because we have a lot of good players out there,” she added. “We just want to keep getting better.”

Sophomore Ellen Johnson had another outstanding performance with 10 kills. Carolina Forest was led by Katie Davis with 10 kills and Sara Bane with seven kills.

The Lady Chiefs have another regular season match at Myrtle Beach on Oct. 13, which currently leads the region standings, before the region tournament on Oct. 18.

 –Photo provided by Dwain Hayes

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