The 2010 volleyball season reached the midpoint on Tuesday with most of the Midlands area region campaigns closing out first-half slates.
The big news on Tuesday was Irmo’s 3-2 upset win over Spring Valley in Region 4-4A. It was the first regular season stumbled for the Vikings, who entered the second half of the conference campaign with a 5-1 record and a share of first place with Dutch Fork.
Lugoff-Elgin took over sole possession of third place at 4-2 with a tough 3-1 win over Blythewood. Irmo and Blythewood currently share fourth place with 3-3 record marks.
The other big-school item of note on Tuesday was White Knoll’s 3-1 win over defending state runner-up Lexington in Region 5-4A action. The outcome leaves the Timberwolves in sole possession of second place with a 4-1 mark behind first-place Aiken (5-0). Lexington, meanwhile, fell to 3-2 in region matters and facing the possibility of opening the playoffs on the road for the first time in recent memory.
Airport closed out the first half of the Region 5-3A campaign with an unblemished 6-0 record and a win over A.C. Flora (2-4). Chapin (6-1) and Brookland-Cayce (5-2) are the only other true contenders for the title. Flora trails Midland Valley (3-3) in the battle for fourth place and the final state playoff invitation.
Keenan dropped Columbia on Tuesday to finish the first half of the Region 3-2A season with a 5-0 record and a one-game lead over Gilbert (4-2). Elsewhere, Pelion (4-1) pulled even with Silver Bluff atop the Region 5-2A standings at the close of the first half by handing the Bulldogs their first conference setback on Tuesday.
In SCISA, Hammond virtually locked down the Region 1-3A championship with a 3-1 win over Cardinal Newman on Tuesday. Bailey Dukes had 16 kills, four aces and 11 digs to pace the Skyhawks, and setter Kaki Smith finished with 45 assists, seven digs and four kills.