Rock Hill's Lady Bearcats remained in position to win the Region 3-AAAA title with a win at South Pointe, but Rock Hill coach Cindy Elder wasn't excited with her team's performance.
"It's nice that we were able to let everyone play, but if we're going to finish No.1 in the region we'll have to play better than we did tonight," Elder said.
Rock Hill, now 12-2 overall and 11-1 in the region, will host Lancaster tonight and York on Thursday.
South Pointe frustrated the Lady Cats in the first game with a lot of off-speed hits. The change of pace resulted in a tight game until kills by Brooke Lucas and Paulette Rivers spurred Rock Hill.
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South Pointe, 4-11, trailed 10-9 and 17-15 before Rock Hill won the first game 25-17.
In the second game, Rock Hill's seniors picked up the intensity. Led by Lucas, Jessie Ramsey and Jessi Farrington broke an early 4-4 tie. Ramsey had four kills, Farrington had two kills and two service aces while Lucas added two kills to rally Rock Hill to a 20-8 advantage.
With the big lead, Elder began substituting. Junior Maggie Rogers sealed the 25-12 Game 2 win with two of her four kills on the night.
Rock Hill won the third game 25-21.
"I thought we played better defense in the second game," Elder said. "I preach in practice to hit, hit, hit and that's what we defend. We need to work on defending the off-speed shots."
Rock Hill beat the Stallions 26-12 in the kill department. Ten different players recorded kills for the Bearcats. Lucas, Ramsey and Rogers led the way with four each. Katie McCoy had a match-best six kills and four blocks for the South Pointe.
Kayla Pengelski had seven digs for the Stallions. Senior left-side hitter Morgan Hamilton had four digs, three kills and a block.
In the junior varsity match, Rock Hill beat South Pointe 25-17, 25-13. The win improved the Bearcats record to 10-2. South Pointe fell to 6-7. Rock Hill was led by Gretchen Simon and Makala McCrorey.