Waccamaw advances to lower state final

  • Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Chris Sokoloski/Times Waccamaw High’s Raven Brooks goes up for a block against Dillon on Monday. The Lady Warriors dropped the first two games but won three in a row to advance to the Lower State final.

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When Waccamaw High’s girls volleyball team lost the first two games to Dillon on Monday night, coach Jill Schoen didn’t have to say anything to her players before game three.

Her seniors took care of that.

“We’re just fighters,” said Sienna Herndon. “We never give up. We weren’t ready to be done.”

“They were not willing for this to be the end of their season,” Schoen said. “They knew all along it was going to be the last game in front of the home crowd, but they were not willing for this to be the end.”

Waccamaw had a game point in game one before losing 25-27, and then lost game two 20-25.

“We gave them points every single time,” said senior Gabby Minervini. “We were making errors. They were making errors too but we were making more ... We did not play our game.”

“Before the game we were talking about being defeated and overcoming those defeats,” said junior Mags Grafe. “Working as a team and coming back and overcoming it is what we do.”

Being down 2-0 in a match was rare for Waccamaw this season.

“To battle back and have that perseverance, that drive, made the difference,” Schoen said.

The Lady Warriors swept the next three games (25-11, 25-11, 15-8) to advance to the Lower State final against Bishop England tonight.

“That just shows that we are prepared and ready to go into whatever we have next as a team,” Grafe said. “We just give it our all because obviously we can come back.”

Waccamaw’s serving was near perfection. The Lady Warriors only missed a total of six serves in the five games. Mary Glazier was 16-for-16 on serves and Grafe and Ora Parker Eddy each only missed one serve.

Grafe led Waccamaw with 15 kills; Eddy had eight.

The Lady Warriors’ last three trips to the Lower State final have ended with a Bishop England victory.

“Our whole season we’ve been playing to beat B.E., to at least get there and get some points against them,” Herndon said. “We’ve just got to play smarter.”

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