Blythewood VB rolls to Round 3

BLYTHEWOOD – The Blythewood Lady Bengals could not have asked for much more regular season success, and Thursday they carried that momentum over into their post-season opener against the Stratford Knights. The Knights battled, but ultimately the Bengals just had too much weaponry and finished off with a straight set victory.

Colleen Finney (5) sends the ball back at a bewildered Stratford front court. | Ross Burton

Stratford kept it close in the first set, but in the end fell 25-20, and came out flat in the second set, dropping it 25-15. Blythewood sent the Knights back to Goose Creek by squashing them, 25-17, in the third and final set.

Carolina Forest, much like Stratford, managed to keep it competitive with the Bengals early, but still dropped the first set 27-25. The Bengals cruised through the last two sets, 25-12 and 25-15.

Prior to adding playoff wins to the resume, the co-region 5-5A champion Lady Bengals Volleyball team racked up regular season awards. Gabby Waden was named Region Player of the Year and head coach Mary Hall earned Region Coach of the Year honors.

In addition, Wade, Isabella Bell and Zahria Thomas got nods for All-Region team. Waden and Bell represented the Bengals with All-State Team selections, and Waden will be part of the North-South All-Star Game.