The opening round of the Class AAAA Upper State playoffs for volleyball and girls tennis was completed Tuesday, and the second round is scheduled for today.
Rock Hill, Northwestern and Fort Mill advanced, while Clover and Nation Ford were eliminated in the volleyball playoffs.
Rock Hill will host Mauldin while Fort Mill, which got a huge break Tuesday, hosts Byrnes at 6 p.m. today. Northwestern hosts defending state champion Hillcrest at 6:30 p.m. today.
Fort Mill's break is courtesy of Byrnes, which upset Greenwood 3-0. Byrnes was the No. 4 seed from Region 2-AAAA, with Greenwood the No. 1 seed and overall top seed from Region 1-AAAA. Had Greenwood won, Fort Mill would have been on the road.
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Rock Hill is also a No. 1 seed and was tested by Nation Ford, a No. 4 seed. The Lady Falcons won the first two games, but Rock Hill, No. 6 in the state, rallied and won three straight to take the game in five sets.
In tennis, Clover, Nation Ford and Lancaster won first-round matches. Nation Ford beat Rock Hill, Lancaster knocked off Fort Mill and Clover defeated Ridge View.
In today's second-round, Clover, a traditional state power, hosts T.L. Hanna. Nation Ford travels to Wren, and Lancaster is on the road against Mauldin. Matches begin at 5 p.m.
• ALL-REGION: The All-Region 4-AAAA volleyball team is headed by Rock Hill's Karlee DuBard and Cindy Elder.
DuBard was named player of the year. She is also an all-state pick and will play in the North-South All-Star Game.
Elder was named coach of the year. Her Lady Bearcats are 17-2 and ranked sixth in the Class AAAA state poll.
Region 4-AAAA includes Blythewood, Lancaster, Ridge View, Rock Hill, South Pointe and Spring Valley.
• CROSS COUNTRY: Westminster Catawba Christian School's Caitlin Selle finished second in the NCISSA girls 1A/2A state meet held last Friday at the Durham Academy in Cary, N.C.
Selle turned in a 19:34 and finished behind Caldwell Academy's Taylor Dunn, who ran a 19:14. The Lady Indians team finished 13th.
The boys team placed 15th. The Indians' top finisher was Cody Duvall, 25th at 18:09.
• POLL: Fort Mill's girls dropped a spot to No. 2 this week, Fort Mill's boys are No. 6 and Northwestern's boys are No. 7 in the latest Class AAAA cross country poll.
Individually, Fort Mill's Mark Blackmon, the defending state champion, is No. 1 overall in all classifications and Northwestern's Tip Reburn is No. 10. Rock Hill's Hannah Robinson is No. 6 in the girls rankings, and Fort Mill's Quanika Blackmon is No. 7.
• TICKETS: Tickets for Northwestern's home football game against Fort Mill on Friday night go on sale this morning at Northwestern's athletics department.
Tickets will be sold from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are $6. The athletics department office is located on the back side of the school, the last room on the left next to the parking lot after going around circle drive.