Lady Hawks eliminated from playoffs | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | October 27, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: October 26, 2016 at 12:39 pm
By CINDY CROSBY
The Colleton Prep Lady Hawk volleyball team saw its season come to an end following back-to-back losses in the SCISA AA Lower-State Playoffs held last Friday in Myrtle Beach. The Lady Hawks finished the 2016 season 8-10 overall and in fourth place in Region 4-AA with a 4-8 record.
On Senior Night held Tuesday Oct. 18, the Lady War Hawks honored the four seniors prior to a match against Beaufort Academy. Haley Wilson, Penelope Tuten, Patricia Utsey and Natalye Kinard were celebrated for their years of playing for Colleton Prep. In a best-of-four series, CPA took the match loss; 25-23 (loss), 25-15 (win), 25-19 (loss) and 25-21 (loss) to end its regular season.
Haley Wilson recorded two aces, five kills, and 24 assists in the game. Penelope Tuten had an ace, four kills and one block. Langley Harter had two aces, 10 kills and one block. Ella Nolte had three aces and seven kills, while Natalye Kinard recorded two aces and two kills. Weslin Jones had 28 digs and Patricia Utsey had three kills.
The Lady War Hawks, seeded as the No. 4, aligned to play the No. 1 seed Thomas Sumter in the SCISA AA Lower-State Playoffs on Friday Oct. 21. Colleton Prep lost in two sets 25-19 and 25-13. They were then eliminated following a loss to the No. 2 seed Pee Dee in straight sets 25-18 and 25-21.
In combined stats, Wilson led the Lady Hawks going 27-27 in serving with six aces and 22 assists. Jones collected 22 digs and three aces and Nolte had six kills. Tuten had two kills and six aces, while Harter went 33-34 in hits with seven kills.
During tournament play, CPA was 60-67 in serving and 84-98 in hits.
“We didn’t come out with the win in either game, but looking at our stats, we played pretty close to perfect offensively,” said Coach Ashley Finney. “We struggled a little on defense and had trouble getting into position to make digs, which ultimately cost most of our points.”
The Lady War Hawks roster was comprised of eight players, two of whom are eighth graders. “Considering our age and size, I feel like we did really well this year,” said Finney. “The younger girls really stepped up and showed me that we have a very bright future at Colleton Prep. My seniors played with a lot of heart and demonstrated a lot of leadership — probably more than I’ve ever seen in my six years at Colleton Prep.”