By Shannon Fagan, WEIS Sports Director
BIRMINGHAM – The Spring Garden Lady Panthers advanced to the Class 1A volleyball Final Four after sweeping Pleasant Home on Tuesday morning. The scores were 25-8, 25-18, 25-15.
Outside hitter Ace Austin led the Lady Panthers (41-14) with 15 kills, eight digs and a block. Middle hitter Chloe Rule added nine kills and a block. Setter Avery Steward accumulated 23 assists. Libero Layla Ingram finished with nine digs.
Middle hitters Meredith Wilson and Hailey Ward both contributed six kills for Pleasant Home (18-13). Wilson also came away with 12 digs and three blocks. Ward added 10 digs and two blocks. Setter Ivy Youngblood had 15 assists. Right side hitter Addi Hughes finished with five digs, three kills, two blocks and an ace.
Spring Garden will play Addison in the state semifinals at 4 p.m. Addison swept Kinston in other Class 1A state tournament action on Tuesday morning.