Tuesday’s area sports briefs

From staff reportsOctober 23, 2012 

St. James opened the Class AAA state volleyball playoffs on the road and were able to accomplish something they haven’t done to well this year.

“Its excellent,” Sharks coach Lindsay Mayer said, “because in the past we haven’t been traveling on the road and winning.”

St. James being the third seed out of Region VII had to travel for its opening round game and swept Marlboro County 25-13, 25-18, 25-14. Katie Cook led the way for the Sharks with 13 service points and Hayley Settle had six kills.

“We did great and kept our energy up tonight,” Mayer said of the win and on getting her team ready for the next one. “It’s anyone’s game and who wants it more will take it.”

With the win, St. James advanced to play either at Airport or Orangeburg-Wilkinson.

High school volleyball

•  (At) North Myrtle Beach 3, Darlington 0 | The Chiefs cruised into the second round of the Class AAA state playoffs with a 25-4, 25-3, 25-9 win over the Falcons.

“It feels great,” North Myrtle Beach coach Estelle Barentine said. “We just have to take them one at a time.”

Taylor Allman led the Chiefs with nine kills, Tara Hix added 12 assists and Lauren Linta had a team high 20 service points.

“I hope we will be ready,” Barentine said of their next matchup on Thursday against either James Island or Gilbert, “we should be ready. We worked all season to be ready, so we better be ready now because one game and we could be done.”

•  North Augusta 3, (at) Conway 0 | Playing in their first state playoff game since 2007, the Tigers were swept at home 25-16, 25-14, 25-20.

“Our players fought very hard and came out firing in each set,” Conway coach Tricia Junga said. “These kids are tough. We had three starters that fought through very significant injuries to start the game tonight. They showed a lot of heart to get out there. I am extremely proud of these kids.”

Ryley Hughes led the Tigers with 14 assists, Kailey Williams led the team with six kills, Kasey Harrington delivered nine service points and Madison Gore finished with four kills and eight digs.

“Playoffs was the goal,” Junga said. “Every kid got out there and worked really hard to get us there. To go from 1-7 in the region in 2010 to 6-2 and a spot in the state playoffs in two years is a big testament to the effort, focus and fight in this group of kids.”

•  (At) Hartsville 3, Myrtle Beach 1 | Maggie Slabinski had 11 kills in the Seahawks Class AAA state playoff loss to Hartsville 25-17, 15-25, 14-25, 19-25.

Shelby Sheets added eight kills for Myrtle Beach.

CCU women’s soccer

•  The Chanticleers’ rally to win their regular season finale came up short in a loss to Charleston Southern 2-1.

Fia Jonsson scored the lone goal for Coastal Carolina with just under six minutes left in the game. Kacey Kelley assisted on Jonsson’s goal and Coastal dropped to 10-8-0 on the season and 7-4-0 in the Big South.

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