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Branchville sweeps Charleston

M&S to advance to Class A 3rd round

BRANCHVILLE – Branchville won in straight sets on Monday at home against Charleston Math & Science, taking set wins of 25-15, 25-10 and 25-9, advancing to the third round of SCHSL Class A Lower State playoffs.

The Yellow Jackets (22-5-3 record) were led by Kelsey Kinard with 14 kills, 2 aces and 4 digs, Abby Funchess with 27 assists, 4 aces and 3 kills, Anna Smith with 24 digs, 7 receptions and 5 aces, Carley Kinard with 6 kills, 20 digs, and Danielle McAlhany with 18 digs, 9 receptions and 4 kills.

The Yellow Jackets will play host to Monday's winner between Green Sea-Floyds and Military Magnet on Wednesday in Branchville at 6 p.m.

Bamberg-Ehrhardt advances

to 3rd round of 2A playoffs

BAMBERG – The Bamberg-Ehrhardt Lady Raiders (15-5 record) defeated the Lady Wolves of Timberland on Monday night in the third round of SCHSL Class 2A Lower State playoffs, with set scores of 25-7, 25-21, and 25-11.

Bailey Ashe was 27 of 28 from the service line, with 6 aces. Abby Brummel was 15 of 17 with 2 aces and Amanda Ahlin was 11 of 11 with 3 aces. Elaney Sanders led B-E with 16 receptions, followed by Ashe with 7. Antania Orr led the Lady Raiders attack with 9 kills. Brummel had 7 followed by Ahlin with 3, Ashley Kinsey with 2 and Kherreta Smart and Elaney Sanders with 1 apiece. Brummel had 5 blocks and Orr had 3. Those kills were made possible with assists from Joanna Wallen (8) and Wallis Rutland(4).

Sanders held down the defense with 6 digs, followed by Ashe (4), Rutland and Ahlin (3), and Kinsey with 1.

Next up, the Lady Raiders will travel to Mount Pleasant on Wednesday to play No. 1 seed Oceanside Collegiate at 6 p.m.

Bethune-Bowman advances

to third-round play in Class A

HOLLYWOOD – Bethune-Bowman (14-5 record) advanced to the third round of SCHSL Class A playoffs on Monday with a 3-2 win at No. 1 seed Baptist Hill.

Bethune-Bowman coach Rhonda Hook and the Lady Mohawks will travel to play at another No. 1 seed, Lake View, on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

COLLEGE SPORTS

Claflin on road in volleyball

The Lady Panthers of Claflin University will travel to Fayetteville State Tuesday for a 6 p.m. CIAA Southern Division volleyball match.

Claflin, 4-16 overall and 4-11 against CIAA teams, will enter the contest in search of its first win since defeating Bowie State on Sept 23 at the CIAA Roundup 2. Since the win, the Lady Panthers have suffered 12 straight defeats with only one set win, a 25-22 decision in a home loss to Fayetteville State Oct. 18.

For the season, Jamie Dobson leads the Lady Panthers offensively with 105 kills and 20 service aces while by Jhi Piper-Murles leads the Claflin defense with 215 digs. Colón Gonzalez has dished out 307 assists for Claflin and Jewel Moody has recorded 44 blocks. In the service ace department, Kiana Ware tops the team with 22.

Claflin will close out the regular season with a pair of matches vs. St. Augustine’s. The Lady Panthers travel to St. Augustine’s on Thursday followed by the return match at the Tullis Arena on Saturday for Senior Day.

Denmark Tech tops Voorhees men

Denmark Tech defeated Voorhees 80-61 in men’s college basketball on Saturday.

Leading the way for Denmark Tech was D.J. Kitchings with 26 points and 4 assists. Jarvis Martin had 11 points and 7 rebounds. Bobby Mc Fadden got 12 points and had 6 rebounds. Marcus Ford added 11 points and 6 assists.

In the women’s game, Voorhees defeated Denmark Tech 64-14.

Denmark Tech’s next game is at Daytona Beach Community College Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m.

S.C. State freshman earns

All-MEAC cross country honors

SMYRNA, Del. – South Carolina State freshman Tyler Duncan earned a spot on the All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Cross Country Team with a 13th place finish Saturday at the league’s Cross Country Championships at the Delaware State Outreach and Research Center.

Duncan, a Newberry, native, covered the 8-K course in a time of 28:18 in earning the accolade. His finish was the highest place for an S.C. State runner in several years. The Bulldogs finished 10th overall in the competition with a score of 213.

Joining Duncan in the field for Coach Tim Langford’s squad were Marquis Lynch 39th in a personal record (PR) time of 30:51.10; Tyler Jeffers, 44th in a time of 31:45.40; Jalen Shopshire, 56th in a time of 32:52.80; and Trent Montgomery, 61st in a PR time of 34:15.

North Carolina A&T captured the men’s title with a score of 51 and was followed in the top five by Savannah State (86), Bethune-Cookman (89), Maryland Eastern Shore (90) and Norfolk State (118).

S.C. State did not compete in the women’s team competition but  its lone participant – freshman Jerdaisha Scott – finished 72nd with a time of 29:29.80 in the women’s 5-K.

The Florida A&M women captured an unprecedented seventh straight title with a score of 43, edging runner-up Norfolk State, who was one point behind at 44.

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