Myers Park’s volleyball team hasn’t had the best of luck against Hough during the past five years.
The Mustangs picked the perfect time to break through, taking a 3-0 victory against the Huskies on Thursday in the third round of the N.C. 4A playoffs.
Fourth-seeded Myers Park (20-2) – which won 25-16, 25-23 and 30-28 – rallied from three or more points down in the second and third games against fifth-seeded Hough (23-4) to post its first 20-win season since 2007.
That’s also the last time the Mustangs advanced to the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A state championship. Thursday’s win puts them into the regional semifinals against either top-seeded Northwest Guilford (25-3) or eighth-seeded Pinecrest (19-7) on Saturday.
“It’s really nice to beat a good program like (Hough),” Myers Park coach Bettie Berry said. “We had a really, really close game against (Ardrey Kell) on Tuesday that we pulled out somehow. That win really helped us tonight.”
On Tuesday, the Mustangs had to rally from a 2-1 game deficit to beat Ardrey Kell 3-2 and set up Thursday’s match-up against the Huskies, who had a 5-0 record against Myers Park.
“We knew that when we were down, we could still pick ourselves up,” said junior Chanin Scott, who led the Mustangs with 12 kills and six blocks Thursday.
Myers Park needed that mindset against Hough, which fought back from losing the first game to make things interesting.
The Huskies went up by three points nine times in the second game, and were leading 23-21 when the Mustangs won four consecutive points to close out the game.
It was a lot closer in the third and deciding game, with 10 lead changes and 13 ties. But Hough couldn’t hold serve on four consecutive game points, and Myers Park closed out the game and match on back-to-back kills by Katie Tylman.
“That was just inexperience,” Huskies coach Sandi Skidmore said. “We had the chances and couldn’t finish it. But it’ll help us going into next year. That was a good team and we got outmatched a little bit at the end.”
Virginia Humphries added 11 kills and Claire Maloney had 38 assists for the Mustangs.
Kristy Mundy had nine kills and Alex Denny six kills for Hough. Makaylah Elliot added four blocks, and Dakoda Hawkins had 19 assists and two blocks.