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If they keep winning, Nation Ford and Fort Mill could meet again

Fort Mill and Nation Ford, playing each other earlier this year, hope to meet again at Upper State playoffs.
Fort Mill and Nation Ford, playing each other earlier this year, hope to meet again at Upper State playoffs.

With the 2015 volleyball playoffs starting this week, Nation Ford and Fort Mill high schools will have home matches in the first round.

Playoffs start Thursday. Region III champ Nation Ford will host Easley in the first round and Region III runner-up Fort Mill will host Greenwood.

Due to the flooding, the state High School League allowed a one-week extension to make up postponed matches. Normally, playoffs begin earlier in October.

Lady Falcons’ head coach Carrie Christian said the extra time off is good for her team.

“We can rest our shoulders,” she said. “It will be good for us to get some practice in.”

Nation Ford has home court just through the first two rounds of the playoffs and will face the winner of Mauldin/Lugoff-Elgin in the second round, scheduled for Nov. 3.

“I feel like we can do well,” Christian said. “If we play to our potential we can go deep in the playoffs.”

For the Lady Jackets, an extra week between the regular season and playoffs has its good points as well as bad.

“It’s a trade off,” said Fort Mill head coach Gina Farley. “We are ready to play. But the extra week gives us time to make sure we are healthy.”

One thing that will help Fort Mill will be having University of Tennessee commit Tessa Grubbs back from a knee injury.

Fort Mill is guaranteed one home playoff match and most likely will face Dorman in the second round on the road.

“We are happy to be playing at home,” Farley said. “Right now we are practicing and preparing for Greenwood.”

And with both Nation Ford and Fort Mill leading the area on the volleyball court with two exciting matches this year, a third match up could be possible if both teams advance through their brackets to the Upper State championship next month.

Mac Banks: mbanks@comporium.net, @MacBanksFM

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