MB, NMB volleyball rivals open region play with wins

The Region VIII-AAA volleyball season opened Tuesday, and the top two contenders quickly moved to the forefront.

Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, which finished 1-2 respectively in the region standings last season, got off to easy wins in league play to remain undefeated on the season.

The Lady Seahawks, who advanced to the Class AAA state title match last year, improved to 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in region play with a 3-0 win at Wilson. Myrtle Beach won by scores of 25-8, 25-12 and 25-18 over the Lady Tigers.

Myrtle Beach’s Shelby Sheets registered six kills, Nikki Uzzel added five Kills, and Marianna Painter had three kills, Caroline Daly made 19 assists and Kate Fullwood converted six aces as the Lady Seahawks opened their region title defense.

Its biggest challenger this year appears to be North Myrtle Beach, which improved to 6-0 overall and 1-0 in the region with a 3-0 sweep of Socastee. The Lady Chiefs won 25-18, 25-11 and 25-19 against the host Lady Braves (2-4 overall, 0-1 region).

The rivals appear on a collision course for the region title again this season, with the first meeting scheduled for Sept. 25 at Myrtle Beach and the regular-season finale on Oct. 11 at North Myrtle Beach.

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