Predators ousted from playoffs
BRASHIER 3 FOX CREEK 2
NORTH AUGUSTA — Volleyball fans got an evening of pre-Halloween suspense Wednesday, with a high-drama Class A playoff contest between Fox Creek and Brashier Middle College Charter high schools. In the match played at Riverview Park Activities Center, Brashier pulled off the upset prevailing 25-23, 16-25, 16-25, 25-19, 15-10.
Fox Creek wrapped up its season at 15-5, having reached the second round of post-season action. The home team “got outplayed,” in the words of Clay Bryant, who completed his fourth season as the Predators' head coach.
“I told my girls, when I started coaching here, that … as long as they did their best, playing up to a level that caused somebody to raise up and play great volleyball to beat us, then I'm happy, and that's what happened tonight,” he added.
Bryant described the Bengals as having been “more aggressive in the games that they won.”
The visitors from Simpsonville are also now 15-5 and will move on to face either Southside Christian or McBee. Erica Foulkes, the victors' middle hitter, was her squad's standout player, in the assessment of head coach Debbie Lagaly.
“In that last match … she was the one that brought us up and kept us scoring, and really played smart … and really, the team came together,” the coach said. “They were down and we all came together and worked as a team. That's how we ended up winning that match.”
Playing for the last time for Fox Creek were All-State selection Morgan Williams as well as Heather Bowden – the only seniors on this year's squad.
“We've obviously got some things to work on to be the best team in the state, but we've got a year to work on them,” Bryant said.
In other playoff action Wednesday, Region 5-AA champion Silver Bluff also saw its season come to an early end. The Bulldogs were swept by Academic Magnet 25-11, 25-9, 25-19. All-State selection Deza Parker had 16 assists.