Competing against multiple opponents, the Lady Panthers came out with the first place trophy and more confidence in their abilities, having a 14-4 record as of last week.
Head coach Jeremy Anderson said 12 schools from a variety of counties competed in the Aug. 31 event.
“The top six teams played in a single elimination tournament and we only lost one game all day,” Anderson said. “We played well all day and it showed. The top four teams were all excellent and we had to play at our best in order to win.”
Chapel Hill took down Central, Cedartown, Calhoun and Ringgold 2-0 and fought hard in the final match to beat Rockmart 2-1.
The top three players during the tournament for the Panthers were junior middle hitter Kylah Maxwell-Brown, junior setter Daryl Mitchell and senior outside hitter Gabby Lord.
Maxwell-Brown had 31 kills, 30 service points and five blocks. Mitchell had 85 assists, 69 service points, 26 aces. Lord had 20 kills, 47 service points, and a team high plus-85 differential when she was on the court.
Anderson said there has been a change in the girls since last year as the chemistry among the players is “much better.” While last season was not bad, he noted the team is now winning games against opponents they lost to in 2012.
“It’s a good feeling when you walk on to the court feeling like you will win. The girls know that we are playing well and they want to keep winning,” Anderson said.
When it comes to the teams they play, Anderson said they focus on the basics of the game rather than worrying about what the other teams do.
“We always want a good pass, set, attack when we have the ball and we block and cover any tipped ball. The girls know their responsibility and go for every ball,” said Anderson.