Four local volleyball teams ranked, others pick up wins

Tue, 09/19/2006 - 2:14pm
By: The Citizen

The Whitewater Wildcats are 2-2 in early region play after two solid victories last Tuesday night over Creekside and Riverdale. The two wins bring the Wildcats record to 11-6. The Wildcats are one win away from last year’s win total so things are looking up according to first year head coach Ben Thacker.

“I have been very pleased by how hard the team has been willing to work. I am not sure that I expected us to have this many wins already but the ladies feel they have something to prove in our first year of region play. We still have some work to do before we are really playing at the level where we are competitive every time we go on the floor,” said Thacker. Whitewater was inconsistent in losing their first two region matches a week ago to Starr’s Mill and Northgate but bounced back against Creekside and Riverdale.

Against Creekside, Whitewater won in two games 25-19 and 25-20. Junior Vanessa Warner led the Wildcats with eight assists while seniors Angela Grant and Kayla Stillions led the offensive attack with consistent serving. Stillions also had four kills for the ‘Cats.

Whitewater won the Riverdale match in two games, 25-12 and 25-17. Leading the ‘Cats offensively was Junior Casey Howett. Howett had eight serving aces and two kills. Warner had 11 assists as the Wildcats got their attack going full blast with several ‘Cats attacking the net successfully. Sophomore Brittany Woods had four kills as did junior Katie Holland.

The ‘Cats continue region play this week. They played important region matches against Fayette County and Lovejoy at home last night.
McIntosh (16-8) got a 2-0 win over Chapel Hill last week (25-11,25-15) before losing matches to Harrison and Westminster. The Lady Chiefs then picked up wins over Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (25-10,25-17) and Pace Academy (25-7,25-9). McIntosh hosted Starr’s Mill and Riverdale last night after the paper went to press and will play at Marist tomorrow.

Starr’s Mill (26-3) will host Marietta and Lakeside, DeKalb tomorrow beginning at 5 p.m.

Sandy Creek (24-5) went undefeated at their play day on Saturday. The Lady Patriots got wins over Lithia Springs (25-14, 25-15), East Coweta (25-13, 25-17), Newnan (25-9, 25-16), Southeast Whitfield (25-12, 25-11) and Dutchtown (22-25, 25-22, 25-16).

Sandy Creek hosted area matches between Central, Carroll and Cedartown yesterday and will take on Lincoln, Woodward Academy and Northview tomorrow at Woodward Academy.

Our Lady of Mercy (8-11) picked up wins over Pace Academy (25-18,19-25, 25-20) and Atlanta International (11-25, 25-11, 25-15) last Thursday. They played at Greenforest Christian yesterday and will play at Pace Academy on Thursday.

Over the weekend, Landmark Christian (10-10) defeated Chamblee (25-10, 25-23) and lost to Lovett (25-12,23-25, 15-5). The Lady War Eagles will play Jonesboro and Mt. Zion, Jonesboro at Jonesboro tomorrow.

In the most recent volleyball caches poll on, Landmark Christian is ranked eighth in AA/A, Sandy Creek is ranked third in AAA and Starr’s Mill is ranked third in AAAA, while McIntosh is ranked fourth.

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