Seahawks net first state volleyball championship

It was a long journey to the top for the Myrtle Beach High volleyball team, but well worth the trip.

The Seahawks’ third time in the state championship match proved to be the charm with a 3-1 victory over Pickens on Saturday at Chapin High.

The Seahawks scored a 25-13, 19-25, 25-16 and 25-18 victory over the Demons, erasing the memories of last year’s sweep at the hands of Aiken and an earlier defeat in 2011.

Myrtle Beach head coach Larry Church, in his 18th season with his alma mater, has led the Seahawks on a gradual but steady ascent up the state rankings.

The Seahawks reached the pinnacle of Class 4A with the leadership of eight seniors, Danni Hix, Kathyrn Hollingsworth, Kristiasha Myers, Cassie Runyon, Lucia Sandoz, Sammy Shavitz, Darby Sheets and Lexi Watts.

Juniors Gracie Davis, Carolyn Brophy and Megan McKewen are among a solid group of returning players shooting for a repeat.

Hix had 49 assists, five aces, one block and 12 service points. Davis made 28 kills, one ace and two blocks, and Runyon had 19 kills, two blocks and 18 service points. Sheets tallied five kills, one ace, one block and six service points. Brophy had five kills, and Sandoz added two kills and three blocks.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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