A pair of local South Carolina volleyball teams remain in the hunt for a state title.
Fox Creek continued to cruise in the Class A State Tournament, sweeping its first three matches against C.A. Johnson, Christ Church and Southside Christian.
The Lady Predators are 31-3 and 12-0 in Region 4-A after Monday’s win over Southside Christian. They have swept all but five of their wins and have gone to five sets in just one win. They will play in the semifinals Wednesday.
Aiken also continues its run as a No. 1 seed in the Class AAAA playoffs, defeating Ridge View and Goose Creek in straight sets in the first two rounds.
The Lady Hornets (27-9, 10-0 in Region 5-AAAA) have a rematch with region rival White Knoll in the third round today.
The two teams have a postseason history. Aiken eliminated White Knoll from the state tournament each of the past two years, both times in the semifinals. Revenge could be on the minds of the Lady Timberwolves.
Ridge Spring-Monetta fell short of a Region 4-A rematch with Fox Creek in the semifinals, losing to St. Joseph’s on Monday.
The Lady Trojans edged Lewisville in five sets in the opening round before sweeping Greenville Tech to reach the third round.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Although she came up short in her bid for four consecutive South Carolina High School League Class AAA state titles, Strom Thurmond’s golf program benefited greatly from McKenzie Talbert’s run of success.
Talbert finished five strokes off the lead in the state championship at Hackler Golf Course, shooting 74-78 to finish fourth.
“This year she seemed ready, hitting the ball really good, probably the best I’ve seen her hit it,” coach Nick Lorimer said. “She just had trouble those two days putting.”
That doesn’t diminish her three consecutive state titles, however, beginning as a freshman at Strom Thurmond nor as a third-place finish in seventh and eighth grades.
“She has grown up a lot in these six years and took not winning this year better than I thought she would,” Lorimer said. “She has been my No. 1 player on my boys team for the past five years and will be greatly missed.”
STRONG RUN: A pair of Aquinas runners took home first-place finishes in the Region 7-A/Area 1 Class A Private Championship
at First Presbyterian in Macon on Wednesday.
Michael McCormack won the boys title with a time of 17:18.73, finishing 25 seconds ahead of the second-place Will Martin, of First Presbyterian. Josh Cooper finished sixth for Aquinas, and Juan Migone placed 11th as the Fighting Irish qualified for the Class A State Meet on Saturday.
Aquinas sophomore Shannon Fair won the girls title with a time of 19:54.70 and qualified for the state meet as an individual.