Hilton Head Island High, Thomas Heyward Academy and Whale Branch Early College High School are the area's top ranked volleyball teams, each at No. 6 in their respective classification in the PrepCountry.com S.C. Coaches Polls.
The Seahawks (5-3) are sixth in Class 3-A, while the Warriors (14-2, 4-0) are tied for sixth in Class 1-A and the Rebels (10-3) are sixth in the Independent classification.
Other ranked area teams include Bluffton (13-6, 2-1), 10th in Class 4-A, and Beaufort Academy (2-6), 10th among independents.
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1. Hillcrest, 2. Blythewood, 3. Wando, 4. Dorman, 5. Aiken, 6. TL Hanna, 7. Lexington, 8. Byrnes, 9. White Knoll, 10. Bluffton.
1. DW Daniel, 2. Pickens, 3. Eastside, 4. Broome, 5. Chapin, 6. Hilton Head Island, 7. Myrtle Beach, T8. Camden, T8. Hartsville, T10. Greer, T10. AC Flora.
1. Bishop England, 2. North Central, 3. Dillon, 4. Chesnee, 5. Crescent, 6. Landrum, 7. Keenan, T8. Columbia, T8. Pelion, T10. Waccamaw, T10. Andrew Jackson, T10. Academic Magnet.
1. St Joseph, 2. Fox Creek, 3. Branchville, 4. Johnsonville, 5. Christ Church, T6. Southside Christian, T6. Whale Branch, 8. Greenville Tech, T9. Allendale-Fairfax, T9. North, T9. Lake View, T9. East Clarendon, T9. Cross.
1. Spartanburg Christian, 2. Holly Hill, 3. Bible Baptist, 4. Spartanburg Day, 5. Dorchester Academy, 6. Thomas Heyward, 7. Pee Dee Academy, 8. St Andrew, 9. King's Academy, 10. Beaufort Academy.
Whale Branch Early College High School: The Warriors (14-2, 4-0) won 25-5, 25-13 againsy Denmark-Olar and 25-16, 22-25, 25-11 against Estill.
Maddy Summerill had 17 points and two kills in the first win and 14 points and five kills in the second.
Other contributors in the first win included Jamie Whalen (11 points, five kills), Kenyatta Moultrie (five points, six kills) and Rietta Salters (nine points). Whalen (seven points, 14 kills), Moultrie (15 points, four kills) add Salters (14 points) also contrbuted to the second win.
First Baptist 3, Hilton Head Christian 0: The Eagles (3-9) started well, but faded, falling 25-18, 25-14, 25-7.
The Eagles, led by Sophie Desimone's five blocks and four kills, host Pinewood Prep at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Beaufort Academy 3, Charleston Collegiate 0: Megan DeBardeladen tallied 11 kills and three aces to lead the Eagles (2-6) to a 25-14, 25-10, 25-17 victory.
Other Beaufort Academy contributors included Charlotte Delfosse (five kills, five aces), Carly Cline (five kills, four aces, 15 assists), Miranda Weslake (six kills), Katie Gay (four aces, 21 service points) and McKenzie Blake (four aces, 11 assists).
The Eagles host Hilton Head Prep at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Hilton Head Prep 3, Pinewood Prep 2: Brooke Churchich had six aces and 26 assists to lead the Dolphins (4-4) to a 24-26, 25-18, 25-17, 19-25, 17-15 win to get back to .500.
Other Hilton Head Prep contributors included Halie Parker (three aces, 11 kills), Jill Brunori (five blocks, 12 kills), Marisa Wojcikiewicz (six aces) and Deia Hunt (her first two kills).
The Dolphins play at 5 p.m. Thursday at Beaufort Academy.
Bluffton 2, Fort Dorchester 0: Bluffton swept Fort Dorchester in two games, winning 25-7, 25-18.
The Bobcats' Jordan Franklin registered a team-high 11 kills, and had six assists. Mackenzie Cooler notched eight kills and 15 assists, and Abby Roulston chipped in five kills.
Bluffton (13-6, 2-0 region) next hosts Hilton Head Island High and Savannah Christian today.
Battery Creek: The Dolphins defeated a pair of opponents to up their record to 8-3. Battery Creek opened with a 25-13, 25-16 victory over North Charleston and wrapped the evening up with a 25-18, 25-16 win over Woodland.
Sarah Anderson had 14 aces and seven kills to spark the Dolphins. Amy Sederholm rang up eight aces and five kills, and Jayde Little had seven aces and four kills.
Battery Creek hits the road Thursday for matches at Ridgeland-Hardeeville.
Middle School: Thomas Heyward def. St. Francis 16-25, 25-22, 15-9.
Bluffton High School: The Bobcats finished second in the 14-team Ladies Thoroughbred Invitational at Aiken with a team score of 323. Lexington shot a 300 to win.
Brandi Hammonds was the low Bobcat with a 73, followed by Kasidy Beckel at 75, Kylie Nizolek at 77 and Kathry Thorne with a 98.
Bluffton 5, Colleton County 1: The Bobcats evened their region record at 1-1 with the home win.
Bluffton won four of five singles matches, including 6-0, 6-0 victories for Justine Wilson at No. 3, Cooper Baxter at No. 4 and Angie Castrillon at No. 5.
Bluffton next travels to Summerville on Thursday.
Singles: 1. Katie Meighan (B) d. K. Floyd 6-3, 6-3; 2. M. Mitchell (CC) d. Taylor Soop 3-6, 6-3, 10-8; 3. Justine Wilson (B) d. C. Stone 6-0, 6-0; 4. Cooper Baxter d. D. Hooker 6-0, 6-0; 5. Angie Castrillon d. T. Fineath 6-0, 6-0.
Doubles: 2. Ann Rathke/Lauren Biershank (B) def. Walker/Griffin 6-0, 6-0.