Lady Saints pass tough test to claim region tourney title

The Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach volleyball team ran the table through its region en route to winning the regular season championship.

Winning the Region 3A tournament title, however, did not come so easily.

The Lady Saints were taken to a fifth-set tiebreaker by Cathedral Prep in the championship match before prevailing 3-2 and carrying the top seed into next week’s SCISA state playoffs.

CAMB lost the opening set 14-25 before rattling off a pair of close wins, 25-22 and 25-20. Cathedral Prep, which defeated CAMB in the state finals last year, took the fourth set 25-20, but the Lady Saints scored a 15-12 victory in the deciding set for the title.

Earlier in the tournament, the Lady Saints defeated St. John’s Academy 2-0 (25-6, 25-15) in the semifinal to set up the showdown. The Lady Generals advanced to the final by beating Coastal Academy in the other semi, setting up the third rematch of the season between last year’s state finalists. CAMB swept all three meetings this season.

Three CAMB players were selected to the All-Region team and played key roles in the win. Rebekah Bowers was named Region Player of the Year and led the Lady Saints with 21 kills, and Natalia Antonucci (15 kills) and Claudia Markley (35 assists) also made the All-Region squad.

CAMB carries a 10-game winning streak into the state playoffs on Thursday.

Photo by Joel Beachum, Carolina Clicks Photos

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