Several volleyball teams building momentum early in season

Thu, 08/31/2006 - 3:44pm
By: Michael Boylan

The volleyball season is still in its early phases, but team’s are starting to show their mettle.

East Coweta has produced wins over Central, Carroll, Lithia Springs, North Cobb and Hiram. The Lady Indians lost to Holy Innocents on Tuesday night, 25-16, 25-10 and played at Lagrange last night after the paper went to press.

Fayette County, which has struggled a bit this year, will have area matches against Banneker and Riverdale at Banneker next Tuesday.

Landmark Christian, which started the season slowly, has won their last two matches. The Lady War Eagles, which lost to Starr’s Mill (25-12, 25-16) and Marist (25-18, 25-22) last Thursday, defeated Our Lady of Mercy and Whitefield Academy on Tuesday in their first area matches of the season. Landmark hosted Heritage and Sandy Creek last night and will play Lassiter and St. Pius at St. Pius next Thursday.

McIntosh defeated Collins Hill (25-10,25-19) and lost to Milton (19-25,25-15,20-25) last Thursday. The Lady Chiefs are currently ranked second in Class AAAA behind Milton. Key players for McIntosh thus far this season have been senior outside hitter Samantha Krehel with 23 kills, 16 aces and 13 digs, senior libero Whitney Jones with 32 digs, junior setter kendall Wilde with 12 aces, 13 digs and 83 assists and junior middle hitter Elyse Chubb with 23 kills and 5.5 blocks. They hosted Our Lady of Mercy and Westminster last night and will take on Lovejoy and Creekside at Lovejoy next Tuesday.

Northgate fell to Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (17-25,25-13,25-19) and Dutchtown (25-23,25-10) last Thursday. The Lady Vikings will host Whitewater next Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Our Lady of Mercy hosted their first area matches of the season on Tuesday night, losing to Landmark Christian (25-13,25-14) but defeating Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy (25-8,25-3) and Whitefield Academy (25-18,25-18). Senior outside hitter Thomasinnia Berry had 16 kills in the three matches, while senior setter Alex Liddy had seven aces and senior Amanda Crocker had four kills. The Lady Bobcats played at McIntosh last night and will play at Savannah Country Day tomorrow.

Sandy Creek took on Chamblee, South Paulding and Lithia Springs Thursday night at Lithia Springs and won all three matches. Sandy Creek defeated Lithia Springs (25-13,25-16), South Paulding (25-4, 25-4) and Chamblee (25-14,25-13). Belyeu had 31 assists and nine aces on the night, while Haney added 16 digs and 15 kills and 14 aces. Haumann had 15 digs, Cheri Smith had 13 digs, four kills, seven aces and four assists and Jennifer Dunn added 11 digs, seven kills and five aces. The Lady Patriots faced Landmark Christian and Heritage on the road last night.

Starr’s Mill beat Landmark Christian (25-12,25-16) last Thursday, while losing to Marist (25-17,25-20). On Saturday, the Lady Panthers got wins over Heritage, Athens Academy (25-5,25-8), Jonesboro (25-16,25-23), Columbus (25-21,12-25, 6-25), Salem (25-15,25-19), Greenbrier (25-12,25-17) and Milton. Starr’s Mill will host Whitewater and Northgate on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Whitewater took on Lovett last night after the paper went to press.

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