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Fort Mill, Nation Ford advance in volleyball playoffs

Fort Mill senior Payton Carter dives for the dig Thursday during the Jackets first-round playoff win over Greenwood
Fort Mill senior Payton Carter dives for the dig Thursday during the Jackets first-round playoff win over Greenwood

Both Fort Mill and Nation Ford advanced to the second round of the 4A state volleyball playoffs with wins last week.

Fort Mill handled Greenwood in four sets, while Nation Ford made quick work of Easley in three.

Fort Mill won 25-20, 20-25, 27-25 and 25-19 and will now take on Dorman on the road in the second round.

“One of the keys for us is not letting a point get by without aggressively getting it back,” said Fort Mill head coach Gina Farley. “Payton (Carter) and Tessa (Grubbs) played huge games for us.”

Grubbs had 26 kills and Carter had 20 kills to go along with Brooke Farley’s 54 assist.

The Lady Jackets opened the first set taking a 12-6 lead before Greenwood was forced into a time out.

Fort Mill held pace after the time out and extended the lead to 16-7. Greenwood closed the gap, but couldn’t rally enough to win the first set.

In the second set, Greenwood stayed with Fort Mill. The Lady Eagles went up 12-10 before Fort Mill took a time out to regroup.

Greenwood rattled off four straight points, but Fort Mill tied the set at 14. The teams went back and forth until the Lady Eagles scored three straight points to go up 21-18 and close the set out and tie the match at 1-1.

In the third set, Fort Mill again started strong, but Greenwood held its own and stayed on the Lady Jackets’ heels.

Greenwood tied the set at 14 and then took a 16-14 lead, forcing Fort Mill into another time out. When play resumed, Fort Mill scored four consecutive points to regain the lead. And despite Greenwood keeping pace, Fort Mill closed the set out with a 27-25 win.

In the fourth set, both teams again alternated scoring points until Fort Mill gained an 18-16 lead. The Lady Eagles called a time out, but couldn’t manage to muster another rally as the Lady Jackets finished strong to win the match.

Lady Falcons breeze

At Nation Ford, the Lady Falcons breezed through Easley, winning 25-17, 25-21, 25-11 and will host Mauldin in the second round at home this week.

The Lady Falcons were led by Jessica Kemp with nine kills, three digs and four blocks, and Kelli Martin with nine kills, four digs and three blocks. Clarissa Bates had 30 assists, six aces and seven digs, while Chanel Turner had five kills and 14 digs.

Madison Garner added 22 digs in the win.