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Ashley Hall High School
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Ashley Hall athletic teams ready for state playoff run

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Charleston – October means cooler weather and the turning of leaves and ghosts and goblins. The month also means state playoff competition in SCISA is right around the corner.

As is usually the case, the fall athletic teams at Ashley Hall School will be major factors in state playoff competition. The athletic program will contend for state championships in volleyball, cross country and tennis, while also competing well on the SCISA stage in golf and swimming.

The volleyball team is expected to challenge seven-time state champion and rival Porter-Gaud for the SCISA AAA title again this season. Ashley Hall has reached the finals in six of Porter-Gaud’s seven-year run and is again a solid team in 2017. The Panthers entered a tournament at Lexington on the last weekend of September with a 20-10-1 overall record.

Junior Mattison Matthews is having an all-state season, leading the team with 253 kills and 45 blocks while hitting at 50.2 percent for the season. Junior Cameron Cox has 116 kills and 38 service aces while junior Hampden Thomas has 107 kills and 175 defensive digs.

Senior Emily Rapach excels as a setter with 515 assists, while also contributing 171 digs and 78 kills. Senior Natalie Smith is the leader defensively with 263 digs and sophomore Sarah Smith has 163 digs and 33 aces.

The state playoffs begin in two weeks and Ashley Hall has four regular season matches remaining in the early part of October, including a rematch with Porter-Gaud.

The girls’ tennis team is off to an 11-4 record and, barring a major upset, will also battle Porter-Gaud for the AAA state title later this month. The teams met earlier this season with Porter-Gaud taking the victory.

This year’s team has two seniors – Addison Propes and Hannah Reuther, along with three juniors – Madeline Brechtel, Elizabeth Dugger and Rebecca Spratt.

The team’s top player is sophomore Emma Navarro, one of the state’s top junior players on the national circuit. Rounding out the varsity roster are freshmen Mary Scott Brisson, Marissa Dye, Kitty Goldman, Kayla Kirkland and Ella Gray Sette.

Not to sound like a broken record but the AAA SCISA title in girls’ cross country will likely come down to Ashley Hall and Porter-Gaud. Ashley Hall is the defending state champion.

Manning the top spot as the number one runner this fall is seventh-grader Ailish Ward, with freshman Ava Evans-Godley also running strong this fall. Seventh-graders Brice Tibbals and Ginger Arnold, along with junior Caroline Mathisen, round out the top five.

Eighth-grader Georgia Arnold and freshman Sasha Wagner also have competed well and are pushing for top five slots.

 

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