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Championships highlight fall at Ashley Hall

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Charleston - Ashley Hall volleyball coach Franny Slay suffered through seven runner-up finishes in eight years before finally winning her 12th state championship as her 2018 Panthers ended Porter-Gaud’s eight-year reign as state champions with a 3-0 sweep in the SCISA Class AAA state finals at the TD Arena.

The Panthers won two close games, 26-24 and 25-23, before clinching the title with a 25-18 win in game three. Ashley Hall won three of the five in-season matchups with Porter-Gaud.

“This means so much because we’ve been in it so many times and we were never able to close the deal,” said Slay, who has more than 750 career wins at Ashley Hall. “Tonight we did. I am so proud of this team. This is very rewarding because this team deserved a championship.”

Senior Mattison Matthews finished her final season with 648 kills and 145 blocks this season. She tallied 1,792 career kills and 556 career blocks.

Senior Cameron Cox had 228 kills, 32 aces and 30 blocks while senior Hampden Thomas had 257 kills, 34 aces and 348 digs. Senior Sarah Olivia Wyndham had 233 digs and junior Sarah Smith had 342 digs this season. Sophomore setter Laughlin Murray finished this season with 1,172 assists.

The girls tennis team also won the SCISA AAA state championship this fall. The Panthers knocked off Trinity-Byrnes, 5-3, to cap a 14-6 record. It was the program’s fifth title in the last 12 years.

Rebecca Spratt played one singles and Kayla Kirkland played two singles. Lorna Milani played three and Ella Gray Settle played four. Marissa Dye and Jane Goldstein rounded out the singles ladder.

The swim team finished third in the SCISA AAA state swim meet on October 13th. Kate McEvoy was the top individual performer, taking third in both the 500-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley.

Charlotte Clark was fifth in the 500 and sixth in the 200-yard freestyle while Charlotte Nathanson finished fifth in the 200-IM and eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke. Claire Hildebrand finished seventh in the 100-yard freestyle and Rachel Martin was seventh in the 100-yard backstroke.

Riley Kerr finished eighth in the 200-yard freestyle and Gabby Staats was seventh in the breaststroke.

In cross country, Ashley Hall finished fifth in the Class state championship meet. Brice Tibbals was the team’s top finisher in 15th-place. Ava Evans-Godley finished 22nd and Caroline Mathisen was 25th. Atalie Evans-Godley finished 30th and Eliza Groat was 31st across the finish line.



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