One of the most successful volleyball seasons in Thomas Heyward Academy history came to a close Saturday night in Sumter, as the Rebels got past Pee Dee Academy before bowing out against Bible Baptist in the SCISAA Class 2-A state tournament. Thomas Heyward finished in fourth place.
"Extremeley proud," Rebels coach Leanne Eddy said. "It's the furthest that any volleyball team at Thomas Heyward has ever made it through the tournament."
The Rebels (19-7) struggled to start play Saturday, dropping the first game to Pee Dee, 25-16, and then trailing by seven points in the second game before rallying behind some strong serving, according to Eddy.
"They just put their hearts in it and were determined not to be done at that point," she said.
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The Rebels finished off Pee Dee by winning the final two games by 25-21 scores.
But Thomas Heyward's tournament run ended later in the day, as Bible Baptist won by scores of 25-22 and 25-18.
"It was a lot of mental mistakes," Eddy said. "They played them hard, just our mental errors, we didn't recover from."
The Rebels are graduating six seniors out of their 10 varsity players, but they will have three starters returning for next season.