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Swamp Foxes battle for region’s top spots in volleyball, tennis

Swamp Foxes battling for region’s top spots

Tamiyah Whitlock makes a dig for Ashley Ridge during its match at Summerville last week.

The Ashley Ridge volleyball team claimed three wins last week to move into the driver’s seat for Region 8-AAAAA.

The Swamp Foxes opened the week by topping Summerville, 25-23, 25-21, 25-23, in The Firehouse to avenge its only region loss of the season. The Green Wave took a four-point lead midway through the first game but the Swamp Foxes rallied to turn the tables. Only a few points separated the teams the rest of the match, but Ashely Ridge made the clutch plays it needed to secure the victory.

“We had great energy for sure and we all worked together. Our hitters, passers and setters worked together,” Ashley Ridge senior Katie Fulton said. “This is the biggest win of the season, especially since we took it in three. We were definitely sad about the loss to them but it really made us hustle tonight.”

That loss earlier in the season broke an Ashley Ridge winning streak in region matches than spanned more than three years.

“We didn’t make as many errors as the last time we played them,” Ashley Ridge coach Leigh-Ann Carter said. “We were better at the service line and we didn’t have as many hitting errors because we passed the ball better.

"Kristen McSwain had a good night at the net. She had a bunch of kills, placed the ball really well and didn’t always just swing as hard as she could."

Senior Shay Van Slooten led the Swamp Foxes in kills with eight. McSwain had seven kills and a block for a point. Junior Leila McClough and sophomore Indigo McDaniel also made big contributions offensively, and both McClough and sophomore Sam Alwardt had three  service aces.

Summerville was led by junior Rebecca Yohe, who had 10 kills and four service aces. Freshmen Lily Parker and Drew Page also scored a lot of points for the Green Wave.

Later in the week Ashley Ridge defeated Stall and West Ashley, both by a 3-0 margin, to improve to 21-5 with a 6-1 mark in region play. The Swamp Foxes close out their schedule with a match at Fort Dorchester. Pending any upsets in the region’s final matches, Ashley Ridge and Summerville will finish as co-region champions.

The Swamp Foxes have the tiebreaker so they will likely receive the region’s top playoff seed while the Wave will likely receive a No. 2 seed. Both teams will open the playoffs at home Oct. 20.

“Now we just need to keep pushing and keep grinding every day at practice,” Carter said.

Girls Tennis

The Ashley Ridge girls tennis team defeated Summerville and Fort Dorchester last week to clinch a region championship. The Swamp Foxes swept the region this fall for the third consecutive season. Ashley Ridge and Summerville, the region runner-up, will open the playoffs Oct. 21 at home, and Fort Dorchester will travel for the first round.

Cross Country

The Green Wave boys cross country team won the Wolf Invitational Oct. 16 at Timberland High school. Senior Griffin McNeish won the race with a 16:57 time. Isaac Cinnamon finished a close second with a personal best of 17:04. Sophomore Gino LaMattina finished ninth with a personal best of 18:43. Junior Matt Lockhart finished 10th with a time of 18:53.

The Green Wave girls finished first, posting some of their best times of the season. Sophomore Brianna Dooney won the race with a season-best time of 20:12. Junior Milaya Buchanan was the runner-up with a season-best time of 20:22 and eighth-grader Taylor Blackwelder placed third with a season-best time of 20:49. Rounding out the Green Wave scoring was eighth-grader Isabella Bradley, who placed fifth with a season-best time of 21:15, and Senior Erin Reed, who placed seventh with a time of 22:26.