HSVB: HHCA Comes Up Short In State Title Bid

Hilton Head Christian Academy’s volleyball team couldn’t overcome a shaky start Tuesday, losing 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-19) to Spartanburg Christian in the SCISA Class 2A state championship match in Columbia.

After dropping the first set, the Eagles were in control in the second and led 22-19 before letting things slip away.

“It’s a different game tonight if we had pulled off that second set,” HHCA coach Steve DeSimone said. “It’s extremely hard to come back from 2-0, especially when you aren’t playing to your potential. Still, the girls really fought hard.”

Sydney DeSimone led the Eagles with 13 kills and 17 digs and added three blocks, and Ady O’Grady had eight kills and five blocks. Lauryn Qualls had six kills, Amy Murphy had four blocks, Julia Wilder had 16 digs, and Cortney Gray dished out 22 assists.

The Eagles graduate six seniors off a team that finished 36-7-1, but they return a strong group of players.

“I truly expect to be back for another shot next year,” Steve DeSimone said.

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