High School Sports

Fall high school playoffs get underway Wednesday

The S.C. High School League's fall playoff slate gets into full win this week with action beginning in girls tennis, volleyball and cross country on Wednesday.

As the girls tennis playoffs open, Bluffton head coach Bob Brown still doesn't know how good his team can be.

The Region 8-AAAA champs at 8-0, the Bobcats open at 6 p.m. Wednesday at home against Carolina Forest.

Natalie Bassett, the unbeaten region player of the year, is the No. 1 for Bluffton. The 7th-grader started the season at No. 8 before youth took over the Bobcats' lineup.

"We expected to win region," Brown said. "We didn't expect to be this good. The young ones took over. I didn't know what I had. It's been a pleasant surprise."

A No. 1 seed, Brown believes this may be his strongest team.

"I think maybe our best tennis hasn't been seen yet," Brown said.

Perennial 3-A power Hilton Head Island hosts Midland Valley on Thursday, while 3-A Beaufort plays at Brookland-Cayce.

VOLLEYBALL

The area's two Class 2-A playoff teams open play on Wednesday on the road. Whale Branch plays at Woodland at 6 p.m., while Battery Creek plays at 6 p.m. at Silver Bluff.

Class 3-A No. 2 Hilton Head Island and Class 4-A Bluffton open at home on Thursday, while Class 3-A Beaufort goes on the road to face the top seed from Region 5.

CROSS COUNTRY

Bluffton is in action Wednesday at the 4-A Lower State qualifier at Wannamaker Park in North Charleston.

Defending Class 3-A boys and girls champ Hilton Head Island will compete Saturday at the Lower State qualifier at Darlington Middle School.

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