After losing its first match to Holly Hill Academy, Thomas Heyward seemed destined for an early exit from the SCISAA Class 2-A state volleyball tournament on Thursday in Sumter.
The Rebels regrouped in the consolation bracket though, upsetting Bible Baptist and Oakbrook Prep to extend their season to Saturday.
"We're very excited," Thomas Heyward coach Leanne Eddy said. "I'm very proud of them. They had one heck of a day."
In the first match, Holly Hill defeated Thomas Heyward 25-10, 25-20. For Thomas Heyward, Kayla Sanders posted four aces and one dig and Chandler Cook had two kills and two digs.
Ashlie Layman had four kills, two blocks and two assists. Andrea Daring had one kill, one dig and five assists.
In the next match, seventh-seeded Thomas Heyward bounced back with a 17-25, 25-23, 25-15 win over third-seeded Bible Baptist. In that one, Jordan Brown had three kills, two blocks, two digs and one assist. Layman had seven kills, two blocks, four aces, five digs and seven assists. Daring contributed four kills, three aces, two digs and six assists.
Later in the evening, the Rebels defeated fourth-seeded Oakbrook Prep 23-25, 26-24, 25-12.
Brown had four kills, two digs and two assists. Layman finished with 16 kills, three blocks, four aces and eight assists. Daring had three kills, one block, four aces, one dig and 10 assists.
Cook finished with three kills, one ace and four digs.
"I think (Bible Baptist and Oakbrook Prep) came in expecting to beat us," Eddy said. "Our girls just played very hard and shut them down."
Thomas Heyward (13-11) will play First Baptist at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Sumter Exhibition Center. If the Rebels win that one, they will need to beat the team out of the winner's bracket twice to win the state championship.
Hilton Head High 7, Bluffton 0: Hilton Head High ended its regular season by sweeping rival Bluffton in singles and doubles. The Seahawks are the No. 1 seed in Region 7-AAA and will host Socastee next Thursday in the opening round of the Class 3-A state playoffs.
Bluffton (9-5, 6-2) is the No. 2 seed in the region and will travel to Camden on Thursday.
Singles: No. 1 -- Brooke Busby (HHH) def. Charlotte Loper 3-6, 6-2, 10-8; No. 2 -- Sabrina Drammis (HHH) def. Taylor Soop 6-1, 6-1; No. 3 -- Sydnee Wheeler (HHH) def. Ashley Bierschenk 6-4, 6-1; No. 4 -- Megan Farrell (HHH) def. Samantha Brophy 6-4, 6-1; No. 5 -- Holli Selman (HHH) Def. Katelin Casas 6-3, 6-5
Doubles: No. 1 -- Selman/Farrell (HHH) def. Bridgett Hill and Liz Lunde 8-1; No. 2 - Leal/Stanton (HHH) def. Gloria Abron/Justine Wilson 6-3, 6-2
Beaufort High 6, Colleton County 0: Beaufort High clinched its fifth straight region title, sweeping Colleton County 6-0. The team's five-year record in region play is 39-1. Individually, Charlotte Bellomy, Shaye McAulliffe and the doubles team of Kelesy Bulter and Addie Everidge were 8-0 in region play this season. Marian Hohenwarter was the individual region champion. She will represent the region in the state singles tournament set for Nov. 11-12.
Beaufort High (13-2, 8-0) will be back in action at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, hosting a team in the first round of the Class 4-A state playoffs.
Singles: No. 1 -- Charlotte Bellomy (BFT) def. Kyla Floyd 6-2, 6-4; No. 2 -- Shaye McAulliffe (BFT) def. Sydney Johns 6-2, 6-2; No. 3 -- Addie Everidge (BFT) def. Katie Buckler 6-3, 6-1; No. 4 -- Zoe Brais (BFT) def. Chandler Stone 6-1, 6-0; No. 5 -- Katie Newell (BFT) def. Deyja Brown 6-1, 6-1
Doubles: No. 1 -- Dolores Bell/Austin Stoddard (BFT) def. Tee Burns Tylar Stanfield 6-0, 6-3
VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY
Region 8-AAAA meet: The Beaufort High boys team placed second in the Region 8-AAAA meet on Wednesday at the Colleton County Recreation Center.
Individually, Mark Rennix finished second overall in a time of 17:21. Timothy Aune was third in 17:26, Darrin Sawn was 13th in 18:21, Terae Davis was 14th in 18:23 and Andrew Kennedy was 18th in 18:51.
Rennix and Aune were named to the all-region team.
Fort Dorchester won the meet with 34 points followed by Beaufort High with 50, Ashley Ridge with 62, Summerville with 64 and Colleton County with 151.
In the girls race, Summerville took first with 23 points followed by Ashley Ridge with 52, Beaufort High with 68, Fort Dorchester with 80 and Colleton County with 134.
Individually for Beaufort High, Madeline Aune was fourth in a time of 21:24, Teylor Phetkhamyatha was 12th in 22:43, Alex Zapp was 13th in 22:52, Eliza Rhodes was 19th in 23:50 and Carolyn Rennix was 20th in 23:58.
Aune was named to the all-region team.