High School Sports

October 22, 2012

Volleyball playoffs begin today

The quest for state championships begins today for area 2A and 1A teams, while the big girls start play on Tuesday. Blythewood, Camden and Airport enter the action as region champions.

The South Carolina state volleyball playoffs begin today with four Midlands entries involved in first round matches in Class 2A and 1A. Twelve Midlands teams have first-round outings in in the 4A and 3A brackets on Tuesday.

Columbia, the No. 2 seed from Region 3-2A, is the only local team at home on Monday. The Capitals host Indian Land. Keenan and Pelion are on the road against Chesterfield and Andrew Jackson, respectively. C.A. Johnson has a road date in 1A against Fox Creek.

Tuesday’s 4A slate features Spring Valley at Lexington, Fort Mill at Blythewood, Northwestern at Lugoff-Elgin, Ridge View at Aiken and White Knoll at Carolina Forest. Blythewood, ranked No. 2 behind defending state champion Hillcrest, won the Region 4 championship with a perfect 10-0 conference record. Lugoff-Elgin was the Region 4 runner-up. Lexington finished second behind two-time defending Lower State champion Aiken.

In 3A, region champions Camden and Airport have home dates against Blue Ridge and Orangeburg-Wilkinson, respectively. Chapin, No. 2 in Region 4 behind Camden, hosts Greenville, and Brookland-Cayce, second in Region 5 to archrival Airport, welcomes Hanahan. Elsewhere, Gilbert’s first postseason outing in 3A is at James Island, and A.C. Flora travels to face Eastside and first-year Westwood has a tough playoff debut on the road against second-ranked Pickens.

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