The Rock Hill volleyball team won the Gold Championship at the Wando Invitational Tournament this weekend.
Rock Hill entered the tournament ranked No. 2 in the state's Class AAAA coaches poll.
"Our kids adjusted well to some very good teams," Bearcats coach Cindy Elder said. "We played at a much faster tempo than we have been playing."
Anticipated matchups with top-ranked Aiken and No. 3 Wando didn't pan out. Both schools were in a separate pool and eliminated by Ashley Hall, a private school from Charleston.
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The tournament format was best two-out-of-three sets with games starting at six points. Rock Hill lost just one game during the weekend.
Rock Hill began play on Friday with straight-set wins over West Ashley (25-18, 25-10), Eastside (25-17, 25-19) and Bishop England (25-14, 25-19). Eastside was ranked No. 3 in Class AAA, and Bishop England was No. 1 in Class AA.
On Saturday, the Bearcats topped Hanahan (25-21, 25-15), Bluffton (25-18, 25-10) and Lexington (25-15, 25-19).
Bluffton was ranked seventh in Class AAA, while Lexington came in at No. 9 in Class AAAA.
The Gold Medal Bracket was also a best-of-three setup, but full games were played.
Rock Hill downed Bishop England in semi-finals 26-24, 25-12. In the finals, Ashley Hall put up a fight, but the Bearcats prevailed 25-17, 23-25, 15-11.
Makala McCrorey, Christina Vereb and Karis Watson made the All-Tournament team for Rock Hill. Watson was named MVP of the tournament.
Elder was pleased with the outcome but wants her team to continue playing at a high level.
"We are capable of playing with anyone in the state as long as we maintain our composure," she said.
"Our biggest challenge is to continue to play at the fast tempo that we played this weekend. Our back row defense was the best it has been all season, and we hope to continue it."
The team still has four region matches to play. Elder wants the team to focus on closing out the regular season strong to finish first in Region 3-AAAA.
Rock Hill will play in the Northwestern tournament Saturday.