Shortly after Tuesday night’s Class AAA volleyball Upper State final, Eastside senior Cameron Meadows talked about the jubilation of having knocked off two-time defending state champion Pickens.
“I have cold chills,” she said. “It’s the best feeling in the world. I started crying. It’s just Upper State. We’re not even at state yet.”
Yes, it was a major hurdle for the Eagles (32-7-2) but not the final hurdle. They have one left to clear, and that comes at 4 p.m. Saturday when they play Hilton Head Island (35-13-2) for the state championship at White Knoll High School in Lexington.
Eastside is seeking its second state title. The Eagles won their first in 2011 in their only other appearance in the state final.
Hilton Head Island is in the final for the second year in a row, having lost to Pickens last season. The Seahawks have been runners-up three other times but have never won the championship.
In Class A volleyball, St. Joseph’s (35-6-1) will try to become just the third team to win at least five consecutive state championships when it plays Branchville (22-10) at 11 a.m. Saturday at White Knoll.
The Knights also could become the seventh team in all to win as many as five championships.
Branchville has never won the title but has been runner-up five times, including 2011, 2012 and 2013 to St. Joseph’s.
In the Class AA final at 1 p.m., Bishop England will try to add to its national record of 25 state championships in girls volleyball when it plays Buford.
In the Class AAAA final at 6 p.m., Dorman coach Paula Kirkland will try to add to her state-record of 11 titles when she leads the Cavaliers against Wando.
•Christ Church will be after its 14th state championship in girls tennis when it plays Bishop England in the Class AA/A state final at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center.
The Cavaliers have won all 15 dual matches and both tournaments in which they’ve played this season, including three playoff victories by a combined score of 19-1.
Christ Church defeated Mid-Carolina 6-1 in Wednesday’s Upper State final. Day Nuckolls (No. 2), Nila Veerabagu (No. 3), Anna Thompson (No. 4) and Mary Philpot (No. 5) were victorious in singles matches. Thompson and Lauren Allen won at No. 1 doubles, and Paula Pieper and Jenna Taylor at No. 2 doubles.
Bishop England has won a South Carolina-best 19 state titles, including the last two AA/A finals, each by 4-3 over Christ Church.
At White Knoll H.S., Lexington
St. Joseph’s at Branchville, 11 a.m.
Buford vs. Bishop England, 1 p.m.
Eastside vs. Hilton Head Island, 4 p.m.
Dorman vs. Wando, 6 p.m.
At Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center
Christ Church vs. Bishop England, 10 a.m.
A.C. Flora vs. Myrtle Beach, 10 a.m.
Boiling Springs vs. Wando, 10 a.m.