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The Indian Land Lady Warriors bounced back in the rubber match to down Andrew Jackson to capture the Region IV-AA volleyball title in a special play-off match Wednesday night at the Lancaster High gym.
After the two teams split the opening two games of the best-of-five match, the fourth-ranked Lady Warriors notched a pair of wins – 25-12 and 28-26 – to capture the region title.
A year ago, Andrew Jackson won a special play-off match with ILHS at Lancaster High to gain the league crown after the two county foes split in regular-season matches.
This season, the same occurred with each team winning at the other team’s gym.
On Wednesday with the region title at stake, Indian Land, 15-4, opened with a 25-15 win, but the Lady Vols answered with a 27-25 win to even the match at a game apiece.
Back came the Lady Warriors, winning convincingly in a 25-12 victory to hold a 2-1 edge going to game four.
The Lady Warriors built the lead to 20-15, but the Lady Vols didn’t wilt as they rallied to tie the match five times, the final at 26-all before the IL girls scored the final two points to post the decisive win and take the region crown.
“It was their night tonight,” AJ coach John Verdugo said. “Indian Land played better. This is always a good match and this is the way it’s supposed to be.”
IL coach Tamara Jacobus noted the Lady Vols battled.
“Andrew Jackson fought hard,” she said. “They can really pass.”
She lauded the Indian Land girls’ play.
“It’s really hard to cite one player for us tonight,” she said. “This was a team win. Everybody had their moment for us.”
The Lady Warriors will open the Class AA Upper State playoffs, hosting Strom Thurmond on Monday. AJ, as the runner-up, will be at home to meet Columbia.
Buford, as the fourth-place finisher in region play, will be on the road to face top-rated Gilbert.
IL cross country champs
The Indian Land Lady Warriors, led by Tianah Miller, captured the Region IV-AA championship with a 22-36 win over Cheraw.
Miller, in a 22:50 effort, topped the 18-runner region field. Sarah Jordan ran a 24:05 to place third for the Lady Warriors.
Other IL finishers included Imani Jernigan 24:22 (fifth), Kristin Carpenter 24:29 (sixth) and Destiny Todd 25:27 (seventh).
Indian Land’s boys finished second in the region meet, with the Warriors’ James Gregory winning the individual region title with a time of 18:16.
Cheraw prevailed with 22 points to IL’s 39 and Central’s 81.
Other IL times were Colton Helms 19:44, Leith Rawson 20:23, Matthew Hajek 20:50 and Landon Cook 21:50.