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Locust Grove prepares for area tournament
by Maurice Dixon
September 18, 2013 01:18 PM | 2563 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Locust Grove volleyball player Bethany LaPlant (11) hits the ball over the net last week at Eagles Landing High school.
Staff / Katherine Frye / Locust Grove volleyball player Bethany LaPlant (11) hits the ball over the net last week at Eagles Landing High school.
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With the area tournament just about three weeks away, Locust Grove’s next two volleyball tournaments are great opportunities to build momentum.

This weekend, the Lady Wildcats will compete in the Harley Davidson Conyers Classic Spikefest at Rockdale County High School.

“The last three years it has given us a little competition and a little preparation for our region tournament so we always try to make sure we are in that every year,” Locust Grove volleyball coach Nita Gilbert said.

Then, from Sept. 26-28, Union Grove will participate in the Henry County Tournament for the ultimate bragging rights.

“Henry County volleyball has become so competitive that this as well will get us ready for the region tournament,” Gilbert said. “The tournament will be a fight to the bitter end for everyone.”

This means the Lady Wolverines will have a strong chance of running into worthy competitors such as Union Grove and Ola in addition to Area 4-AAAA rival Woodland-Henry.

“Ola is defensive-minded team,” Gilbert said. “They seemed to frustrate us a lot. They get to a lot of balls. They cover well. They’re aggressive and they communicate well.”

Locust Grove has lost both meetings with Ola this season.

“We’re happy that we can play them and hopefully provide them with a little competition throughout the season,” Gilbert said. “We’re hoping we will get an opportunity to see them again in the county tournament. Anytime we do see them, our girls do zone in and look for a very competitive match.”

As far as Union Grove, the Lady Wildcats defeated the Lady Wolverines in August. The Lady Wildcats have a good chance to finish no lower than third place.

“We really try not to overwhelm ourselves,” Gilbert said. “We try to take it one step, one point, one pass, one set and one hit at a time.”

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