Lady Hawks qualify for playoffs

  • Brianna Coleman of the Lady Hawks keeps the ball in play in Wednesday’s match against Bamberg-Ehrhardt.

The Blackville-Hilda High volleyball team is playoff-bound.

The Lady Hawks punched their ticket last Tuesday by dominating Estill High in a three-set victory.

In the match, the Lady Hawks made quick work of the Lady Gators by scores of 25-8, 25-8 and 25-7.

For the Lady Hawks, Nyla Jenkins had the hot hand throughout the match on the offensive end. Jenkins finished with 15 total points, including six kills and eight serving points. She also added seven assists and four digs.

Kaitlyn Richmond was the top distributer with 14 assists to go along with nine serving points and six digs.

Several others shining in the match included Mia Jane Hutto, Lexina Joyner, Arianna Gibson, Bryanna Coleman and Melissa Williams. Hutto registered six serving points and five assists. Joyner had four serving points, three assits and two digs. Coleman, Gibson and Wiliams each had four serving points and five assists.

With the win, Blackville-Hilda High qualifies for the class A playoffs. The team will travel to Spartanburg to play High Point Academy Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. in the opening round.

The victory completes a big turn-around for Blackville-Hilda High second year coach Coretta Richmond and her team.

Last season, Richmond was in a rebuilding year that saw little in the way of upperclassmen talent.

The Lady Hawk squad endured the growing pains of a young team with only three wins last season.

Richmond, who was recently selected Coaches Choice Coach of The Year in Region 4, said she is very pleased to see the fruits from their labor after making post season play.

“This just shows what a crowd of girls can do with a little hard work and dedication,” Richmond said. “I really can’t express how proud I am of these girls. They stuck together through thick and thin. We now have a great attitude for winning on the court.”