Newberry drops state title match

The Newberry Panthers lost Friday's Class 1A state volleyball championship match, falling to a Sneads Pirates squad that claimed its seventh state crown in a row.

The Panthers fell 25-16, 26-24, 21-25, 25-22, becoming the first opposing team in any of the Pirates' state title victories to take a set. Newberry finishes the season 18-13 overall.

Newberry was appearing in its second state title match in the last three years but is still looking for its first volleyball crown in program history.