NORTH MYRTLE BEACH The Chiefs’ reign of dominance has extended into the postseason, culminating in a 3-0 win over James Island (25-17, 25-10, 25-23) in the second round of the Class AAA Lower State playoffs. The win is comforting, but North Myrtle Beach coach Estelle Barentine has no intentions of slowing down anytime soon.
“We played exceptionally well in the first two games,” Barentine said, “in the third I just don’t think we hit the ball as well as we needed to and we let them creep back in there. We did win 3-0 so I shouldn’t be upset.
“We just have to hit more, we have to play to win and we have to be aggressive.”
Taylor Allman had 17 kills in the win, Ellen Johnson posted six, Tara Hix added 15 assists, and Madison Treece had 12 assists and three blocks.
Barentine stressed the importance of not becoming complacent, becoming satisfied.
“If we win Monday night, we have to play Hilton Head and I know they have at least two 6-footers, so that will be tough match,” Barentine said.
North Myrtle Beach will prepare for the quarterfinals which will be played at home on Monday against the winner of Hartsville and Hanahan.
Barentine reiterated what she’s been telling her girls all season long.
“Our goal is and always has been to try to get to the state finals, and to do that we have to win Monday night.”
High school volleyball
• (At) Hilton Head 3, Socastee 1 | Socastee’s season ends with a loss to Hilton Head, losing 3-1 (15-25, 25-20, 14-25, 18-25).
“We actually played really well, I was pleased,” Braves coach Allyson Gordon said. “Game 3 was close; it was a lot closer than the scores reflect. In Game 3 we were down 24-12 and we came back, but we came up short.”
Dale Rogers led Socastee with nine kills, Katherine Hall led with 12 assists and Alison Markley led with four digs. The Braves finished the season at 11-9 overall.
“We fought in there. I’m not happy we lost of course, but I’m pleased,” Gordon said. “We didn’t come in here and get crushed. We fought hard.”
• (At) Airport 3, St. James 1 | Hayley Settle had 10 service points, five kills and four blocks but is wasn’t enough as the Sharks saw their state playoffs end 15-25, 21-25, 25-19, 16-25.
“They fought really hard,” St. James coach Lindsay Mayer said. “We were losing the serve every game but I called a timeout and they fought back.”
Macy Mikolajczyk had seven service points and Courtney Settle added five service points and 11 kills for the Sharks.
High school girls tennis
• (At) Myrtle Beach 6, Hartsville 1 | Myrtle Beach knocked off Hartsville in the first round of the Class AAA Lower State playoffs, giving up just one match.
“I feel like we’re really peaking,” Seahawks coach Jeri Himmelsbach said Wednesdy night after the win.
“We’re playing really solid. The girls were a little nervous but they settled down. We’re peaking at the right time; hopefully we’ll continue. Good win for us.”
Myrtle Beach will play the winner of Wilson/Darlington Tuesday night at home.
Singles – Jessie Dumas (MB) d. Carly Phillips 6-1, 6-0; Rachel Berkey (MB) d. Ashley Atkinson 6-3, 6-0; Emma Springs (MB) d. Lindsay Godwin 6-3, 6-2; Carolyn Gore (MB) d. Emily Light 6-1, 6-1; Savannah Wilhelm (H) d. Elisabeth Spielvogel 6-2, 6-4.
Doubles – J. Dumas/R. Berkey (MB) d. C. Phillips/A. Atkinson 8-0; Catherine Truluck/Katharine Woodard (MB) d. Hannah Strickland/Tori Clougherty 6-3, 6-0.
• (At) Aynor 7, East Clarendon 0 | Aynor came up with a big win at home, shutting out East Clarendon in the first round of the Class AA Lower State playoffs to advance.
Singles – Anna Dusenbury (A) d. Morgan Keise 6-0, 6-3; Heleana Toth (A) d. Sidney Coker 6-2, 6-3; Kathryn Johnson (A) d. Maggie Webster 6-2, 6-2; Mattie Hucks (A) d. Jordan Evans 6-4, 6-4; Shelley Baker (A) d. Ella Pate 8-3.
Doubles – Dusenbury/Toth (A) d. Webster/Evans 8-1; Kelly Floyd/Amelia Evans (A) d. Heather Knowlton/Ashlee Lineburger 8-6.
LONGS Myrtle Beach resident Yoshio Yamamoto finished in sixth place of the NGA Tour Carolina Winter Series event at Black Bear. Yamamoto finished at 4-under which was 12 shots behind winner Jesse Massie.
Murrells Inlet resident J.P. Longueil finished in 11th at 3-over.
FLORENCE After the second day of the first stage of Q-School, Little River’s Patrick Lundy is the highest ranked player from the Grand Strand at the Florence Country Club. Lundy is at 1-over and tied for 34th.
The top 17 players and ties will advanced to the second stage of Q-School.
Former CCU player Charlie Winegardner is tied for 26th at even par. Murrells Inlet’s Zack Byrd is tied for 46th at 3-over. Tripp McAllister, another former CCU player, is tied for 56th at 4-over.