Unbeaten, second-ranked Gilbert moved on in the Class 2A state volleyball playoffs with a 3-0 first-round win over Columbia on Monday. The Region 3-2A champion Indians (17-0) host Chesnee on Wednesday in second-round action.
Sarah Eargle, Whitney Strother and Courtney Frye had fine outings vs. the Capitals. Eargle 13 kills, two assists and three ace while going 100% at the serving line. Strother had 10 kills, three blocks and two aces. Setter Frye kept the attack humming with 20 assists, and also chipped in four kills and four aces.
Jasamine Strother, the only senior on the youthful team, chipped in four kills and three aces.