Thomas Sumter Academy’s varsity volleyball team fell to Palmetto Christian Academy 3-0 (25-10, 25-23, 25-17) in their regular season finale on Tuesday night.
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Seniors Maci Willets and Karleigh Young led the way for the Lady Generals on Senior Night. Willets recorded seven kills and six blocks while Young added six kills and two blocks. Sophomore Logan Scruggs dished out 12 assists.
The Lady Generals finished 4-6 in SCISA 2A play, and now wait to see if they made the postseason tournament, and if so, where they’ll be seeded.
“We are practicing as if we’re in,” said Thomas Sumter Academy first-year head coach O.J. Cade.“We’ve got pictures tomorrow, and then back at the grind practicing for playoffs.”
TSA honored their seven seniors, Maci Willetts, Kaylee Rose, Lauren Scott, Marlyn Huling, Alyssa Law, Karleigh Young, and Hailey Trimnal, in a ceremony before the match.
“The seniors really stepped up and wanted to go out and show that they could play the caliber that I expected from them,” said Cade. “It means a lot to me that they have improved over the course of the year. That’s all I ask, is just improve; improve every day.”
It was a transition year of sorts for the Lady Generals, learning a new system from a new head coach.
“I’m super proud of the girls, especially as a first-year coach here,” said Cade. “The girls had to learn a new style, and I was very happy that they adapted well. A few of them really progressed nicely.”
Cade plans to spend the next nine days working on the little things that can help the Lady Generals succeed in the playoffs.
"When we’re in system, we’re good," said Cade. "When we’re out of system...we don’t exactly know what to do with the ball, and that’s when we go straight to their best passer and that’s what we’ve gotta work on."
The SCISA state volleyball tournament begins October 25th at the Myrtle Beach Sports Center.
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