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Lady Knights advance to round 3

CHS, L-E win openers

Posted: October 27, 2011 4:43 p.m.
Updated: October 28, 2011 5:00 a.m.

It took five games to do it, but the North Central volleyball team overcame the second round jinx as the Lady Knights won the fifth-game tie-breaker against visiting Christ Church, 15-7, to propel them into Monday’s third round of the class A state tournament.

The win was the 19th in 20 outings for Andy Johnson’s charges, which will play host to Fox Creek, a 3-0 winner over Abbeville, on Monday night at 6 p.m. inside The Castle in Boonetown.

For NC, this marks the first time since it has advanced to the third round of the state playoffs since the 2005 campaign, when the Lady Knights were playing in the class AA ranks. Since then, the Lady Knights have fallen in the second round in class A action.

As for Wednesday’s showdown with Christ Church, the visitors handed NC a 26-24 loss in game one before the hostesses evened the count by taking the second game, 25-22. Christ Church repaid the favor, winning the third game by the same 25-22 count.

Needing a victory to extendtheir season, the Lady Knights scored a convincing, 25-11, win in game four to set up the 15-point tie-breaker. Buoyed by a large home crowd, NC went on to advance in the post-season with the eight-point victory.

"We had some unforced errors that hurt in the early sets," Johnson said, "but I thought that we finished strong with our play."

Senior hitter Elexis Ross had another double-double as she had 16 kills with as many digs to go along with one ace. Tiffany Rogers got the NC offense in gear with 48 assists. She also had four digs, three aces and a block

Cassady Robinson had 10 kills, four digs and an ace while Ashley Rogers came through with 14 digs and two aces. Madeline Pate had nine kills, seven digs and three aces while Samantha Snipes came up big along the net with eight kills.

CHS, L-E roll in openers:

Camden, the Region 6 champion, breezed past rival Brookland-Cayce in three games, winning their state AAA first round pairing by the scores of 25-12, 25-8 and 25-9.

The Lady Bulldogs hosted Hilton Head on Thursday night in second round action. Should Camden and Chapin --- which hosted North Myrtle Beach --- have won their Thursday matches, Chapin would host Monday’s 6 p.m. third round pairing.

Lugoff-Elgin, the Region 4 runner-up, won its 4A state playoff opener as first-year head coach Jessica Mullins’ charges stopped Gaffney.

L-E traveled to top-ranked Hillcrest on Thursday with the winner meeting the survivor of that night’s pairing between Byrnes and Northwestern. The third round match will be played on Monday at 6 p.m. with Northwestern hosting with a win.

Both Camden and Lugoff-Elgin won their respective Tuesday night state tournament openers.

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