Archrivals White Knoll and Lexington square off for the Region 5-4A volleyball championship in the final conference outing of the season on Tuesday in the Wildcats new gym.
The visiting Timberwolves and the host Wildcats both stand at 12-1 in region play. White Knoll has never won a region championship, or finished second for that matter. No matter the outing on Tuesday, the T-Wolves will open the first round of the Class 4A playoffs at home for the first time.
White Knoll tuned up for the showdown by defeating Irmo and Orangeburg-Wilkinson last week. The Timberwolves celebrated Senior Night on Oct. 14 with a 3-0 win over Irmo (25-21, 25-18, 25-19) – a verdict that clinched no worse than a second-place in the final region standings. Setter Sarah Barton had 34 assists vs. the Yellow Jackets, Caitlin Bullock had 12 kills and Libero Brittany Williamson had 16 digs. WK had 14 blocks in the match with Colbie Anderson and freshman Siraya Windsor credited with five apiece.
Lexington, which has won 12 region matches in a row since opening the conference campaign with a loss to Aiken, will honors its seniors prior to the title bout on Tuesday.
In recent outings, the Wildcats advanced to the silver round of the Wando Invitational tournament and beating Dutch Fork and North Augusta in region play by 3-1 scores.
At Wando, Kellie Schmidt was named to the all-tournament team after ringing up 88 kills, 24 digs and six blocks. Setter Swindler had 142 assists in the two-day tournament, while Owen had 19 kills, 33 digs and a team high 14 aces and Hoppe chipped in 23 kills and 13 aces.