Lower State volleyball title comes down to MB, NMB

The road to the Class 4A state volleyball championship will be decided along a short stretch of Highway 17.

The neighborhood rivals Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach both won their Lower State semifinal matches on the road Thursday night to bring the Lower State championship showdown back to the Grand Strand for a familiar matchup between two teams that have been ranked Nos. 1 and 2 throughout much of the season.

The two teams have split their head-to-head meetings this season, 2-2, and the fifth game will determine which squad gets to play for a state title. This time the match will be played at Myrtle Beach, which won the top seed and the region title, on Tuesday.

The Lady Seahawks made the long trip to Hilton Head and it appeared to take them a little time to find their stride. They lost the first match 21-25 before catching fire and rattling off three straight sets by scores of 25-11, 25-7, 25-18, to claim a 3-1 victory.

The Lady Chiefs completed an amazing three-day, two-game road stretch that saw them down AC Flora and Lugoff-Elgin, sweeping both matches. They avenged last year’s loss to the Lady Demons by scores of 25-16, 25-22, 26-24.

Photo courtesy of MBHS and NMBHS Athletics

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