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Sports: Warriors fall to defending champs in volleyball

By Roger Greene
Coastal Observer

The Waccamaw High volleyball team took its final bow of the 2012 season on Thursday night. The Warriors were backed by a supportive home crowd and the familiar surroundings of their own gym, but Bishop England's ability was simply too much to overcome.

BE has 22 state championships to its credit and is currently on a run that has produced 12 consecutive titles. Evidenced by their performance at Waccamaw, the Bishops seem intent on extending their streak to 13. Adding yet another Lower State crown to their resume, the Bishops swept Waccamaw in three straight games by scores of 25-18, 25-13 and 25-11.

"It's a mental thing when you play them," Waccamaw senior Ainsleigh Boothe said. "They have a record behind them. If you can get past that, you feel like you have a shot. But they play with a lot of confidence."

"We had a great season," added Waccamaw senior Melaina Moore. "Losing this game doesn't put a damper on anything we accomplished."

That list of accomplishments includes a 20-6 overall record and a second straight Region VIII-AA championship. It was also the second consecutive season where Waccamaw has completed conference play with an undefeated record.

"This was the state championship game as far as I was concerned," Warriors coach Jill Schoen said. "Had we gotten past this one, I think we could have been very competitive against whoever makes it out of the Upper State.

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