HSVB: Sharks fall in 5 but clinch playoff spot

It was a rollercoaster of emotion for the May River volleyball team Tuesday, as the Sharks lost a heartbreaker at James Island but clinched the region’s second and final guaranteed playoff spot by rallying from a two-set deficit to force the match to a fifth set.

The Trojans rebounded for a 3-2 (25-22, 25-21, 19-25, 16-25, 15-11) win, but because the Sharks won the first meeting 3-1, they would hold the tiebreaker over James Island if the teams end up tied in the region standings. That’s a likely outcome, as the Sharks are a game ahead of the Trojans with one game to play, but May River faces undefeated region champion. Hilton Head High on Thursday.

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For a moment Tuesday, it looked like May River might let its playoff spot slip away along with its region title hopes, as the Trojans claimed the first two sets and were poised for a sweep that would have swung the tiebreaker in their favor. The Sharks clawed back, though, winning a hard-fought third set and controlling the fourth set to take the Trojans to a deciding fifth frame.

Addison Black (17 kills) and Lillian Long (16 kills) led the comeback, while Gabby Boegel dished out 25 assists and served up seven aces, and Reaghan Evans collected five kills, 17 assists, 21 digs, and four aces.

May River (9-2 region) travels to Hilton Head High (11-0) to wrap up the regular season Thursday.

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