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Ashley Hall again excelling in fall sports

By David Shelton
Senior Writer

Charleston – Once again, the fall sports athletes at Ashley Hall School are putting together impressive numbers as the 2018 fall sports season hits the final month of regular season competition.
Ashley Hall continues to compete at a high level in volleyball, cross country and tennis and looks forward to contending for state titles in the SCISA Class AAA ranks.
The volleyball team is a perennial state championship contender, having lost in the state finals in seven of the last eight seasons. Veteran coach Franny Slay, now with more than 750 career coaching victories, again has a solid unit and will challenge powerhouse Porter-Gaud for the state championship later this month.
Slay’s 2018 team, which is off to an 18-8 start, is led by the state’s top player, senior middle hitter Mattison Matthews. Matthews, headed to the University of Virginia next year, is having an outstanding season. Through 26 matches, she has 357 kills, 70 blocks and 107 digs.
Assisting in leadership roles this fall are fellow seniors Cameron Cox and Hampden Thomas. Cox has 142 kills, 105 digs and 20 blocks while Thomas has 133 kills and 188 defensive digs.
Junior Sarah Smith has been a leader defensively with 205 digs while sophomore setter Laughlin Murray has 656 assists and 100 digs.
Ashley Hall, as always, has played a difficult non-region schedule. Of their eight losses in September, two game to Porter-Gaud (they also beat PG once), as well as Class AAAAA public school powers Wando, Dorman, Nation Ford and River Bluff.
The cross country team has been busy competing in several regular season invitational events over the first month. The top two performers early on have been Ava Evans-Godley and Brice Tibbals, who finished as top 10 runners in the Beaufort County meet. Both were top 20 finishers at the Skyhawk Invitational early in the season.
Caroline Mathisen, Sasha Wagner, Eliza Groat and Margaret O’Kelley also have been solid performers in the top group.
The tennis team is off to a 6-4 start against a competitive schedule. This year’s team has only two seniors – Rebecca Spratt and Madeline Brechtol.
Juniors on this year’s team include Nancy Kirkman, Lorna Milani and Adelaide Harper. The six sophomores include Emma Navarro, Mary Scott Brisson, Marissa Dye, Kitty Goodman, Kayla Kirkland and Ella Gray Sette.
Rounding out the roster are freshman Jane Goldstein and eighth-grader Helen Berger.

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