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Roundup: Volleyball, football, girls tennis, swimming

The SJCS Varsity volleyball team defeated visiting Brashier Middle College 3-0 (25-9, 25-7, 25-10) in a Region 2-2A match Thursday night.

The victory completed a sweep for the Knights' volleyball teams that night. The Middle School team began the day with a win over Southside Christian, and the Junior Varsity also beat BMC.

For the Varsity, Emily Normand had eight kills and six digs, and Lillie Hecker and Mendolia Anderson each had eight kills. Kimmie Thompson had 19 assists and nine service aces, and Grace Dumont had eight assists.

The JV team earned its first victory of the season with a hard-fought 2-1 (25-20, 17-25, 15-13) win over BMC.

The Middle School Knights won for the second time, sweeping past Southside Christian 2-0 (25-20, 25-22).


Varsity Girls Tennis

The SJCS Varsity girls tennis team kept on rolling Thursday, improving to 5-0 with a 7-0 non-region victory over Blue Ridge.

The Knights, 2-0 in Region 2-2A, will host region opponent Chesnee at 5:00 PM Tuesday.


1-Melina Norton d. Anna Koubek, 6-0, 6-0
2-Charlotte Horin d. Brooklyn Higgenbotham, 6-2, 6-1
3-Grace Eilers d. Emma Styles, 6-0, 6-0
4-Vidya Mehta d. Kristie Harris, 6-0, 6-0
5-Pryce Saad d. Katie Pittman, 6-0, 6-0
1-Horin/Eilers d. Koubek/Higgenbotham, 8-2
2-Evania Ayala/Caroline Clayton d. Kenzie Jambora/Emmy Taylor, 8-3


The SJCS boys swim team took second and the girls finished third out of 21 teams in the Upstate Invitational Saturday at the Fort Mill Aquatic Center.

St. Joe's was one of only four Class 2A teams that competed in the meet. The others were all Class 4A and 5A teams, making the Knights' achievement even more impressive.

JV Football

The SJCS Junior Varsity football team limited Christ Church to one score and forced three turnovers in a 15-6 victory over the visiting Cavaliers on Thursday.

The Knights, who improved to 2-1, got a lift from special teams midway through the first quarter when Josh Linebaugh's 47-yard punt made Christ Church start from its 5-yard line.

St. Joe's wound up with good field position and capitalized with a short touchdown run by quarterback Cade Alt. Linebaugh added a two-point conversion run, and the Knights led 8-0 with 55 seconds left in the quarter.

Christ Church scored on a 69-yard touchdown pass with 9:15 left in the second quarter, but Walker Wolfram made the stop on the two-point conversion try, keeping St. Joe's ahead 8-6.

The Knights forced a pair of turnovers in the third quarter. Wolfram recovered a fumble midway through the quarter, and Tradd Coulter picked off a pass with 19 seconds in the period.

St. Joe's capitalized on the latter on the first play of the fourth quarter when William Gillespie ran 55 yards on a quarterback keeper around left end for a touchdown. The point-after kick by Linebaugh was good, and the Knights had a 15-6 advantage.

Gillespie's interception put an end to a Cavaliers' drive with 8:01 remaining.

The Cavs mounted a late drive, but the Knights shut the door and clinched their second victory in a row.


Middle School Football

The SJCS Middle School football team, playing its season opener, lost to Christ Church on the road Thursday, 44-6.

The Knights trailed 38-0 at halftime. John Campbell ran for a touchdown in the third quarter to get St. Joe's on the scoreboard.