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VOLLEYBALL

Each year this tournament, hosted by Dorman, features the best teams in the state. This year is no different.

Bishop England, ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, and Daniel, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, will be among 12 teams competing in the pool-play tournament this weekend.

Hillcrest, Wando, Byrnes and Blythewood, all ranked in the top 10 in Class 4A, are in the field.

Spring Valley will play host to 10th-ranked Blythewood in a Region 4-4A opener at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Bengals defeated the Vikings in three sets during a Sept. 10 tri-match.

CROSS COUNTRY

Chapin hosts the Lake Murray Invitational at 9 a.m. Saturday at Crooked Creek Park in Chapin.

The Eagles traditionally do well in this race, but Dutch Fork's Roland Hakes is the favorite to win the boys competition after victories at the Lexington County and Coaches Classic meets last week.

SWIMMING

Lexington hosts the annual Dam Swim for Drew on Saturday at Lake Murray. The event, which is open to the public, raises money for a public pool to be built in honor of Drew Smith, who was killed in a boating accident in 1997 when he was 11. The swim begins at 8:30 a.m.

Though Dorman dominated the Blue Devil Invitational at USC on Sunday, several Midlands athletes came away winners.

In girls competition, Irmo's Heidi Nichols won the 200-yard individual medley, Lugoff-Elgin's Rachel Castell won the 500 freestyle, Dreher's Mia Hahn won the 100 backstroke, and Irmo won the 400 freestyle relay.

On the boys side, Chapin's Walker Layne won the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, Spring Valley's Hunter Bagnal won the 500 freestyle, and teammate Andrew Ewing won the 100 breaststroke. The Vikings also won the 400 freestyle relay.

TENNIS

Lexington plays host to Dutch Fork at 5 p.m. today in a crucial Region 5-4A match. Lexington is led by Erin Green at No. 1 singles. She will face Dutch Fork's Mareli Sanchez, a sophomore.

- Akilah Imani Nelson

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