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Prep Roundup, Oct. 31: Bluffton, Hilton Head High volleyball teams advance

sports@islandpacket.comNovember 1, 2013 

Bluffton's volleyball team followed up Tuesday's dominating performance with a win Thursday that coach Al Stern thought may have been even better.

The Bobcats swept White Knoll 25-16, 25-17, 25-9 at home to advance to the Lower State semifinals of the Class 4-A playoffs.

"If it was possible to play better than we did Tuesday, we did tonight," Stern said. "White Knoll was a considerably better team than Goose Creek."

The Bobcats committed just 10 errors in Tuesday's 25-7, 25-7, 25-11 sweep of Goose Creek. They committed 11 Thursday night.

"We just ran a good, fast offense and we didn't make errors," Stern said. "By the third game, they were kind of demoralized."

The Bobcats will travel Tuesday to face Wando, a 3-0 winner over Lexington on Thursday. The Warriors are 45-5.

"I can't believe how well they're playing," Stern said. "It's what I wanted to happen. They're peaking at the end of the season. It rarely happens, but it's happening now."

Hilton Head Island High 3, Gilbert 0: The Seahawks swept Gilbert 27-25, 25-8, 25-21 to advance to the Lower State semifinals of the Class 3-A volleyball playoffs.

"Aileen Moore (did an) excellent job from the service line, and Haley Matousek (played) solid defense in the back row," Seahawks assistant coach Sara Beachkofsky-Moore said in an email.

Sierra Davis led the Seahawks with 16 kills, while Brantley Herrington tallied seven kills and nine blocks. Mallory Lewis added eight kills and a block, while Hannah Edelman had 15 kills, a block and an ace.

Renee Homad made 42 assists and had two blocks and a kill, while Blair Daber tallied three aces.

Hilton Head Island travels Tuesday to face North Myrtle Beach, a 3-0 winner over Marlboro County on Thursday.


Hilton Head Island 6, Manning 0: The Seahawks (16-4) made quick work of the Monarchs to advance in the Class 3-A playoffs.

"My girls are playing solidly and consistently," Seahawks coach Jennifer Weitekamper said. "Their eyes are on the road."

Hilton Head Island moves on to play at Myrtle Beach at 4 p.m. Monday.

Singles: 1. Jen Oliver def. Jennifer Richburg 6-0, 6-0; 2. Kate Cram def. Emily Richburg 6-0, 6-1; 3. Sarah Wood def. Lanisha Brown 6-0, 6-0; 4. Holly Kerr def. Caroline Hill 6-0, 6-0; 5. Nicole Diaz def. Caitlin Wimberly 6-0, 6-1.

Doubles: 2. Hannah Brink/Maggie Flowers def. Keaydra Mallett/Sinobia Miller 6-1, 6-0.

Lexington 6, Bluffton 0: An historic season for the Bobcats came to a close at the hands of the Wildcats.

Bluffton finishes 14-6 after winning the region title and hosting the first home playoff matches in program history.

Singles: 1. Katie Thompson def. Taylor Soop 6-1, 6-0; 2. Amy Lance def. Justine Wilson 6-1, 6-3; 3. Madisyn Currie def. Cooper Baxter 6-3, 6-3; 4. Carley Neuberger def. Anna Rathke 6-3, 6-0; 5. Samantha Gajewski def. Angie Castrillon 6-2, 6-2.

Doubles: 2. Sarah Katherine Eckstrom/Mary Weston Lawrence def. Moriel Williams/Lauren Bierschenk 6-3, 6-1.

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