MOUNT PLEASANT -- For the second consecutive year, White Knoll and Wando were pitted against each other in the Class AAAA volleyball playoffs.
And for the second consecutive year, the Timberwolves ended the Warriors' season.
Visiting White Knoll's powerful front line was too much to overcome, and the Timberwolves advanced past Wando, 3-1, Tuesday evening in the Lower State semifinals.
After winning 25-19, 24-26, 25-19, 26-24, White Knoll -- the No. 3 seed from Region 5-AAAA -- will face defending state champion Aiken in Thursday's Lower State final.
"We were a little out of sync tonight on our serve-receive," said Warriors coach Alexis Glover. "We really couldn't set up our offense early in the match, and I think that dictated (the match) because we had to play catch-up all the time."
The opening game was a back-and-forth affair until the Timberwolves rattled off seven successive points to turn a 13-13 stalemate into a 20-13 lead and an eventual six-point decision.
Wando, which closed its season with a 33-6-1 record, held match point on four occasions in the second game before allowing White Knoll to draw even at 24-24. But senior outside hitter Savannah Miller recorded two of her team-high 12 kills to even the match heading into the third game.
The Region 7-AAAA champions were unable to utilize that momentum, however, as a slow start forced the Warriors to chase the Timberwolves once again.
"We are a very offensive team, and when we get put on the defensive, we struggle," said Glover, who commended the dominating presence of White Knoll's Siraya Windsor and Lynette Johnson as well as setter Megan Widener.
It appeared as though the Timberwolves would close out the match after gaining a 24-21 advantage in the fourth game, but Miller rose to the occasion again, recording three consecutive kills to inject some life in the Wando faithful.
"When we tied it up at 24-24, I felt like we had the (game)," said Glover. "I felt like the momentum shifted our way."
Unfortunately for Glover, White Knoll used a pair of well-executed plays to secure its third final four berth in as many years. Last season White Knoll defeated Wando, 3-2, in a second-round contest.
The Warriors will lose seven seniors this year, including the all-state duo of Miller and Tinsley Hallman. Classmate Katy Weaver added nine kills.
Setters Natalie Tucker and Brenna Lauer recorded 17 and 15 assists, respectively.
Wando advanced to Tuesday's contest with a 3-0 win over Lexington in the second round.