Local volleyball teams start the season off right

Wed, 08/22/2007 - 1:42pm
By: The Citizen

Starr’s Mill and Sandy Creek’s volleyball teams both played in the Sequoyah tournament over the weekend and did very well. The Lady Panthers won the whole thing and Sandy Creek placed third.
Starr’s Mill, ranked first in Class AAAA, went undefeated, beating Kell, Marietta (25-16, 25-14), NW Whitfield (25-13,25-13), St. Pius (25-19, 25-17) and Columbus (16-25, 25-19, 25-12).

The Lady Panthers will face some tough competition on Thursday when they meet Woodward Academy and Landmark Christian.
Sandy Creek, ranked third in Class AAA, won six games in a row, beating Woodstock (25-8, 25-23), North Springs (25-22, 25-15), Dalton (23-25, 25-11, 25-18), Sprayberry (25-15, 25-14), Etowah (25-20, 25-27, 25-20) and Wesleyan (25-23, 28-26). The Lady Patriots lost to Columbus (25-15, 25-17) before beating St. Pius (25-27, 25-17, 25-15).

Fayette County’s Lady Tigers went 1-3 in the tournament with a win over Flowery Branch and losses to Milton, Pope and St. Pius.
“Sasha Sims played an awesome tournament at middle and Karissa Dunham came off the bench with three ace serves in the win against Flowery Branch,” said coach Cheryl Laporte.

After a loss to Sandy Creek last Tuesday, Our Lady of Mercy’s Lady Bobcats got wins over St. Francis (25-12, 25-14) and Carver, Atlanta (25-8, 25-10).

Senior Katie Bischoff reeled off nine assists in the matches and senior middle blocker Kelly Tolcher added three blocks and four kills. Junior Kalie Ludvigson had seven digs in the wins.

Our Lady of Mercy will meet Pace Academy, McIntosh and Sandy Creek this week before heading to Savannah this weekend for matches against St. Vincent’s, South Effingham, Glynn Academy and Fellowship Christian.

McIntosh, ranked fourth in Class AAAA, got wins Chapel Hill (25-6, 25-19) and Harrison (25-18, 25-20) last week. Leigh Moyer and Katie Briggs both had five kills against Chapel Hill, while Ali Druskat added six digs. Kendall Wilde led the team with 12 assists in the Harrison game and Druskat added nine digs.

Landmark Christian, ranked fifth in Class A/AA, defeated Walton (23-25, 25-21, 25-22) and Decatur (25-18, 23-25, 25-12) last week. Monique Mead had 23 kills total in the first two games and the team had 75 overall digs and 12 aces in the matches. The Lady War Eagles will take on Woodward Academy, Starr’s Mill, Marist and Columbus this week.

Whitewater went 2-2 over the weekend, losing to Etowah and Wesleyan but defeating Fellowship Christian and North Gwinnett. The Lady Wildcats hosted Mill Creek, Houston County and Pebblebrook last night.

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