Carolina Forest, Conway fall in opening round of playoffs

Carolina Forest’s hopes for a first-round playoff victory were dashed again on Tuesday, suffering a 3-0 defeat at the hands of visiting White Knoll, 25-16, 25-21, 25-16.

The Lady Panthers (13-3) squandered their No. 1 seed for the fourth consecutive season by being eliminated in the opening round by a lower-seeded opponent from a volleyball-rich region.

Seniors Cristina Wright and Sam Barrett led the Lady Panthers with five kills apiece in their last match at Carolina Forest.

* North Augusta 3, Conway 0: The Lady Tigers (10-6) were swept by the Lady Yellow Jackets 25-16, 25-14, 25-20 to be knocked out of the first round of the Class 4A playoffs – Conway’s first trip to the postseason since 2007.

“Playoffs was the goal.  Every kid got out there and worked really hard to get us there,” Conway coach Tricia Junga said. “To go from 1-7 in the region in 2010 to 6-2 and a spot in the state playoffs in two years is a big testament to the effort, focus and fight in this group of kids.”

Conway senior Ryley Hughes finished with 14 assists in her final match. Juniors Kasey Harrington delivered nine service points and Madison Gore finished with four kills and eight digs. Sophomore Kailey Williams led the team with six kills.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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