Lady Warriors fall in 2nd playoff match

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Powdersville halts ILHS volleyball run

By Robert Howey

Defending Class AAA Upper State volleyball champion Powdersville survived a court battle with Upstate upstart Indian Land High School to advance to the Class AAA Upper State title match.
Host Powdersville prevailed 3-1, 25-21, 25-20, 22-25 and 25-18 to move on to face Chapman High School on Nov. 5. Chapman advanced with a 3-0 win over Woodruff High School on Oct. 31.
Chapman will host the Class AAA Upper State title match, with the winner advancing to face the winner of the Bishop England vs. Battery Creek match for the Class AAA Lower State title.
The state title match is 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov.  10.
“Both teams played at a high level and I believe we gave our best effort of the season, but Powdersville played great defense and at times it seemed like they were digging up every hard swing we threw at them,” ILHS second-year head coach Michael Van Lieu said.
Baylee Vought had 13 kills, 2 aces, 3 blocks and 14 assists for ILHS. Sarah Van Hoose had 10 kills.
Anya Khomyak had eight kills and two aces.
Sarah Moore had 24 assists.
Emily Alanis had 25 digs.
“I’m a little disappointed we didn’t go farther. Our seniors showed great leadership and I wanted to go farther for them. But overall I’m proud of the season we had,” Van Lieu said.
“We finished 22-9-2, undefeated in our region and advanced to the Upper State semifinal.
“This is something the younger players experienced and I believe that they’ll want to take the team to the next level next year,” he said.
Indian Land’s Vought and Alanis were selected to the Class AAA all-state volleyball team.
IL’s Kayla Cranor and Alanis were chosen for the Class AAA-AA-A North team for the annual North-South All-Star match.
ILHS wins first playoff
The Lady Warriors advanced to the third round of the Class AAA Upper State volleyball playoffs with a 3-0 home win over Broome High School on Oct. 29.
ILHS, 22-8-2, swept Broome, 25-9, 25-18 and 25-20 to advance.
Vought had 11 kills, two blocks, 13 digs, eight assists and an ace to pace ILHS in the win. Moore had 15 assists, and three aces. Khomyak had five kills. Alanis had 19 digs and three assists.
The Lady Warriors, who won the region title with an unbeaten record this season, opened the playoffs with a 3-0 win over Pendleton High School. ILHS prevailed, 25-17, 25-13 and 25-23.