Lady Vols, Jackets roll in playoff openers

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By The Staff



Andrew Jackson and Buford opened the Class AA Upper State playoffs in impressive style on Monday with each posting 3-0 postseason wins.

The Lady Vols, 17-3 and a top seed as the Region IV-AA volleyball champion for the third time in four seasons, rolled to a 3-0 victory over Pelion – 25-19, 25-9, 25-7.

“Overall, it was a very good team effort,” AJ coach John Verdugo said. “Every single player on the team contributed to the win.

“I am very pleased with the leadership provided by our seniors – Darby Threatt, Lauren Rowell and Haley Faulkenberry. Our seniors continue to lead the team with great effort, heart, and attitude.”

AJ advances to host Keenan which defeated Chesterfield in first-round play on Monday.

“We will continue to work hard and prepare for tomorrow night’s match,” Verdugo said.

The Lady Vols’ match with Keenan is set for 6 p.m.

Buford, the region runner-up to AJ, also was solid in its playoff opener, ripping Columbia – 25-12, 25-22, 25-21.

“We have been doing a better job at communicating with each other,” Buford coach Robbie Loudermilk said.

He added the Lady Jackets will need a strong effort in their second-round match today at 6 p.m. at North Central.

“We have lost to North Central four times this year. We are going to have to step up our game a little bit if we are going to go far in the playoffs. But, I really feel we are peaking at the right point of the season.”

North Central won a game of survival to advance to Class AA Upper State second round volleyball plays with a 3-2 win over Indian Land.

Forced to a fifth game, the Lady Knights rolled to a 15-2 win.

North Central opened with a 25-20 win, but IL rebounded to win, 26-24. The Lady Knights edged IL, 25-23 in game three, but the IL Lady Warriors responded with a 25-21 win in game four.

NCHS, locked in a 2-all draw in games, posted the decisive 15-2 victory.

“We survived, but did not play well,” NCHS coach Andy Johnson said. “We had entirely too many unforced errors.  I was proud of the way our players responded in the fifth and deciding set.”

IL coach Tal Horton said he was proud of his team.

“I have never seen a team fight so hard during a match,” Horton said. “We played very strong at the net and tallied well over 10 blocks as a team and our defense was outstanding.”

IL outside hitter Hayley Williams had 11 kills and middle hitter Lexi Hall had five kills. Libero Alli Yarbourough notched 13 digs and Avery Guild added five. Setter Taylor Payne had 22 assists. Middle Colleytte Cedarstrom and Rachel Payne led IL in blocks with three apiece.

“Elizabeth Shattle, Hannah Gainey, and Kristen Carpenter also contributed with great passing and excellent digs,” Horton said.

Indian Land, which finished 13-6, earned a playoff bid as the fourth-place team in Region IV-AA. IL had two all-league picks in Hayley Williams and Alli Yarborough.

LHS golf

The Lancaster High  golf team opened play in the Class AAAA golf tournament on Monday, Oct. 28 at the Willow Creek Golf Club in Greer.

Lancaster, the region runner-up under first-year coach Kim Perry, shot a 349 to place eighth after the opening day.

Lexington led with a 298 followed by Spartanburg at 314 and Bluffton at 324. Easley shot a 325 and Wade Hampton had a 329. Second-round play continued Tuesday.