SCISAA Class 3-A state tournament: Hilton Head Christian Academy survived to play another day in the double-elimination tournament in Sumter.
The Eagles defeated Orangeburg Prep in the opening round Thursday, 25-14, 25-22, before falling to top-seeded Cardinal Newman 25-18, 25-17. Hilton Head Christian then beat Wilson Hall in three games to advance.
The Eagles will play Ashley Hall at 8:30 a.m. Saturday for a spot in the 3-A semifinals. The championship match is scheduled for Tuesday.
"We're going to see how deep we can go here," Hilton Head Christian coach Steve DeSimone said. "I think we'll do fine."
Stevie DeSimone led the Eagles with 38 kills, nine aces and 14 digs over the three matches. Hannah Reynolds finished with 32 assists and five kills. Lilly Strickland added 18 assists, four blocks and seven kills. Logan Cherry had eight kills and seven blocks. Andy Anderson came up with 38 digs and six aces. And Kerry Davis finished with 11 digs and eight kills.
Tri-match at Bluffton: Bluffton High School clinched the Region 8-AAAA title at home and knocked off its rival in the same night.
The Bobcats defeated Fort Dorchester 25-13, 25-18 to improve to 9-0 in the region. Fort Dorchester, the closest region competition, was handed its third league loss.
Bluffton handled rival Hilton Head High, winning games 25-17, 25-16.
The Seahawks beat the Patriots 25-16, 25-19.
Bluffton improved to 33-13-2 overall. The Bobcats play at Ashley Ridge on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Sierra Davis helped lead Hilton Head High (23-5) with 13 kills and two blocks. Hannah Edelman added 12 kills and three aces, Mallory Lewis had eight kills and three blocks, Claire Kent contributed nine kills and six blocks, and Renee Homad finished with 41 assists and an ace.
The Seahawks will host a Class 3-A first-round playoff match on Oct. 28.
JV: Hilton Head High 2, Bluffton 1
Bluffton 6, Fort Dorchester 0: Bluffton continued its run through region play.
The Bobcats have only one loss in Region 8-AAAA. They play at Beaufort High on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. to close the region schedule.
Singles: No. 1 Justine Wilson def. M. Mitchell 6-1, 6-1; No. 2 Cooper Baxter def. T. Sanders 6-2, 6-2; No. 3 Anna Rathke def. T. Rogers 6-1, 6-2; No. 4 Angie Castrillon def. C. Zink 6-4, 7-6; No. 5 Moriel Williams def. T. Mukhopadhyay 6-1, 6-0
Doubles: No. 2 Chloe Thomas/Emily Zhu def. M. Mitchell/A. Hoffman 5-7, 6-2, 10-6
Whale Branch 5, Battery Creek 1: Whale Branch defeated rival Battery Creek to earn the program's first victory.
Doubles: No. 2 Freedeesha Drayton/Daisy Woodley (WB) won by forfeit
Hilton Head Island High 6, Orangeburg-Wilkinson 0: The Seahawks closed their Region 7-AAA title with a clean sweep of Orangeburg-Wilkinson. Hilton Head High (14-4, 8-0) hosts Bishop England on Oct. 22 at home to close the regular season.
Singles: No. 1 Kate Cram def. Danielle Beaufort 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 Sarah Wood def. Kia Jones 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 Holly Kerr def. Alannah Smalls 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 Nicole Diaz def. Ashanee Stewart 6-0, 6-0; No. 5 Henry Clare Cram def. Taylor Smalls 6-0, 6-0.
Doubles: No. 2 Hilton Head High won by forfeit.
Beaufort High 5, Colleton County 1: Beaufort High improved to 6-3 in Region 8-AAAA with the victory. The Eagles host Bluffton on Tuesday to close the region schedule.
Singles: No. 1 Megan Mitchell (CC) def. Zoe Brais 7-5, 6-3; No. 2 Austin Stoddard (B) def. Daryn Hester 6-0, 6-1; No. 3 Morgan Morrissey (B) def. Rachel Dandridge (6-4, 6-1); No. 4 Anna Smith (B) def. Alicia Roberson 6-1, 6-0; No. 5 Marah Aulbaugh (B) def. Ann Crook 7-5, 6-0.
Doubles: No. 2 Lexi Aulabaugh/Elise Marshall (B) def. Chandler Stone/Caryle Griffin 6-2, 6-3.