Lower State bid on line for No. 1 Lady Chiefs tonight

It has been an exciting year for the 27-1 North Myrtle Beach Lady Chiefs volleyball team.

2012 has been filled with outstanding serving, timely hitting and solid defense, according to NMB head volleyball coach Estelle Barentine.

“What we like to do is make statements,” said Barentine as described how she wanted her players to attack the kill shots. “You have got to make those. We have to play to win. We can’t play not to lose.”

That has been evident in the statistics that her team is putting up game by game going into tonight’s third round state 3-A playoff match with Hanahan. Game time tonight at North Myrtle Beach is 6 p.m.

Leading the way for the No. 1-ranked Lady Chiefs is senior captain Taylor Allman. Allman, an All-State and North-South All-Star selection, has 294 kills this season for a 45 percent hitting average. She has 20 blocks, 164 serves and 22 aces for a 95 percent rate on her serve. She wants to continue playing volleyball at the collegiate level, but is undecided yet where she is playing.

The other senior captain, Moriah Jones, plays libero for the Lady Chiefs. She is also an All-State performer and she was named to the North-South All-Star game. She has totaled 412 digs while receiving 190 serves. She has plans to play in college at Tusculum.

Junior setter Tara Hix has passed out 467 assists on the season. She is second on the team in serving with 296 serves and 41 aces for a 97 percent serve rate.

Ellen Johnson, junior hitter, has 147 kills for a 30 percent hitting average. She leads the team with 330 serves and 46 aces and she has only missed three serves this season.

With a win, the Lady Chiefs would make it back to the Lower State championship, to add to its region championship to its resume.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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