Volleyball: MB, NMB win; earn rematch for state bid

A lot of things have changed over the past year, but not when it comes to settling the Class 4A Lower State championship.

For the second straight season, a trip to the state championship will be decided along a 15-mile stretch of the Grand Strand between rivals Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach.

The defending state champion Seahawks swept Hilton Head Island 3-0 on the road and the Chiefs scored a hard-fought 3-1 victory over visiting Aiken to set up a rematch of last year’s Lower State final.

The Chiefs jumped out to a quick first set victory 25-11 and looked to be ready for another sweep on its home floor. But Aiken was able to take advantage of Chiefs’ errors to win the second set 26-24 and tie the match 1-1.

In set 3 it was all NMB, which made some adjustments and cruised to a 25-14 win. Set 4 would go point for point until the Chiefs pulled ahead 22-18 late and went on to close it out 25-21.

Sydney Bellamy was key in the win leading the Chiefs with 13 kills.Kayla Henley added 11, and Raegen Matney had 10 kills and 24 assists.

The Chiefs play Myrtle beach on Tuesday night at home for the Lower State title.

Photo by Janet Morgan/myhorrynews

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