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Local teams advance in state volleyball tournament
by Greg Oshust
October 24, 2013 04:28 PM | 2495 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray<br>
Roswell’s Alex Mills goes for a spike during the Hornets’ Class AAAAAA first-round match with South Gwinnett last Thursday.
Staff / Erin Gray
Roswell’s Alex Mills goes for a spike during the Hornets’ Class AAAAAA first-round match with South Gwinnett last Thursday.
Roswell, Centennial and Blessed Trinity were among the teams staying alive in postseason play after winning their first-round matches in the GHSA state volleyball tournament last week.

All three teams advanced to second-round action Tuesday. Results were not available at press time.

Roswell (37-13) got its bid for the state title off to a strong start as they swept South Gwinnett 3-0 in its opening Class AAAAAA match, winning 25-11, 25-9, 25-0.

“I was happy with their performance and keeping their focus through all three sets and never letting up,” Roswell community coach Damien Scott said.

With the win, the Hornets advanced to a second-round showdown with Brookwood Tuesday.

A long trip to south Georgia didn’t seem to faze Centennial (38-11) as it swept host Camden County in its AAAAAA first-round match, winning 25-15, 25-22, 25-21.

“After a six-hour drive, we came out ready to play,” Centennial coach Todd Kearney said. “We won three straight sets against a good opponent. Every one contributed to this win and our trip to the Sweet 16.”

Mikaela Weidmann had 15 kills, while Mary Alvis had 17 digs, Jessica Diaz had 37 assists for the Knights, who also had a combined 16 service aces.

The victory advanced Centennial to a second-round match Tuesday against Lassiter.

Defending AAA champion Blessed Trinity (55-8) began the defense of their title in impressive fashion as it swept Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe in three sets, 25-10, 25-2, 25-4.

“Overall, the team played very well,” Blessed Trinity coach Paul Stevens said. “We had a few too many unforced errors in the first set, but we corrected those and played a very focused, determined match in the second and third sets.”

The Titans played their second-round contest with Savannah Arts Tuesday.

Fellowship Christian (25-8) saw its first state playoff appearance in school history come to an end after losing to Darlington in three sets, 25-13, 25-20, 25-20, in the opening round of the Class A tournament.

“It was disappointing,” Fellowship coach Leah Smith said. “Darlington came out strong and we did not play our best. We finished strong, though.”

Elsewhere in north Fulton, Johns Creek and Chattahoochee won their AAAAAA first-round matches.

Johns Creek swept Hillgrove in three sets (25-8, 25-15, 25-17), while Chattahoochee did likewise to Woodstock (25-14, 25-15, 25-22).

Johns Creek played North Gwinnett and Chattahoochee took on Newnan in second-round action Tuesday.

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