Patriots earn key region win over Green Wave

  • Friday, October 25, 2013

Roger Lee/Journal Scene Rachel Phillips helped the Patriots’ volleyball team earn a key region victory over Summerville Tuesday.

The Fort Dorchester volleyball team defeated Summerville Tuesday to secure a home playoff match.

The Patriots hosted Summerville and Sumter for a tri-match. Fort Dorchester defeated Sumter 25-20, 25-13 and then downed the Green Wave 25-21, 25-21 to improve to 18-4 on the regular season with a 7-3 mark in Region 8-AAAA. Including tournaments, Fort Dorchester is 24-4.

“My girls played well against both Sumter and Summerville,” Fort Dorchester coach Tarshie Burrell said. “They have given this season their all. They are a great group of girls who have given their blood, sweat and tears to be where we are. They are a dedicated and determined group.”

Last week, Bluffton earned its second win over the Patriots to improve to 9-0 in the region and clinch the region championship for the second consecutive year. The Fort and Ashley Ridge, teams that split their region games this season, tied for second place. Tiebreaker rules should give the Patriots the No. 2 seed for the region based on overall record. If that is indeed the case, Fort Dorchester will open the playoffs Oct. 29 by hosting Irmo. Bluffton will host Goose Creek and Ashley Ridge will travel to the No. 2 seed from Region 7-AAAA.

With Tuesday’s loss to the Fort, Summerville needed Beaufort to upset Colleton County in order to secure the No. 4 seed for Region 8. Results from that match were not available at press time but either Colleton County or Summerville will travel to Wando in the first round of the playoffs.

The Green Wave has a new coach this year and lost one of its top hitters early in the season. Summerville struggled some, but had a late surge and improved to 9-8 before losing to Fort Dorchester and Sumter. The Wave finished region play at 3-6.

“We have improved as a team unit and many of our individuals have improved immensely,” Summerville coach Rachel Page said. “Most of these girls are seeing playing time for the first time this year or are playing new positions from previous years. So, I am very proud of their level of play and their marked improvement over the season. My only wish is that it had happened sooner.”

Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com

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