Lexington clinches second straight Region 5-5A volleyball title
It was another raucous atmosphere Wednesday for the latest volleyball matchup between Lexington and River Bluff.
The scene shifted to "The Swamp" where students wore pink colors as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Meanwhile, fans and students from Lexington countered the "Pink Out" with a "Black Out". Many Lady Wildcat supporters filled the visiting stands garbed in all-black shirts.
They would witness the Lexington volleyball team defeat River Bluff in four sets (25-21, 21-25, 25-15, 25-16) to clinch the Region 5-5A title. It's the second straight region championship for the Lady Wildcats, who also earned their 30th victory of the season.
"It's never easy playing River Bluff," head coach Eric Shick said. "They're a great school, great program. We match up well against each other, so you know they're going to play hard."
The two teams split the first two sets before Lexington dominated the third and fourth sets. The final set was dominated by the Lady Wildcats' serving, particularly senior Janie Mosier. The Lady Wildcat defensive specialist converted eight consecutive service points to open a double-digit lead Lexington would not relinquish.
One of the most memorable points saw Lexington turn a save into a point as the ball barely crawled over the net and onto the Lady Gators' side.
"We had the game from the beginning in our minds, but we just had to execute," Mosier said. "That ball really solidified that we can do this and we just need to keep pushing and keep going."
Senior Maggie Salley led the team with 11 kills and 3 blocks. Both Rae Stackley and Phoebe Perkins had 6 kills and 4 blocks total together.
Both River Bluff (24-7-1, 6-2) and Lexington (30-7, 7-0) will have homecourt advantage for the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs starting Oct. 25. The Lady Wildcats will remain at home throughout the Lower State playoffs, setting up a potential state semifinal rematch with Wando at Wildcat Gymnasium.
"If we get there, which I hope we do, Wando has to come to us and I think we've got a chance of taking it this year. That's our goal."
Lexington travels to White Knoll Tuesday and closes out the regular season Oct. 22 at Fort Mill along with River Bluff.