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Seven North Fulton volleyball teams set for postseason
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
October 16, 2013 10:55 AM | 1561 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray<br>Fellowship  Christian varsity volleyball player  AJ Baumann.
Staff / Erin Gray
Fellowship Christian varsity volleyball player AJ Baumann.
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Seven high school volleyball teams from the North Fulton area will begin postseason play today in hopes of bringing home a Georgia High School Association (GHSA) championship.

Chattahoochee, fresh off winning the Area 5-AAAAAA title last week, will open the first round by hosting Woodstock. The Cougars are currently on a 13-match winning streak and have an overall record of 44-9. Top players for Chattahoochee include seniors Claudia Coco, the state’s all-time leader in career digs, and Haley Templeton, who are both All-State candidates as well.

Another major threat to win the Class AAAAAA championship, Johns Creek, has spent the entire season ranked in the top-ten polls of numerous publications and even spent weeks as the top team in the state. The Gladiators lost a five-set classic match against Chattahoochee for the area title but still boast one of the top squads in the state led by senior outside hitter Annika Olsen. Other top players have been senior Isabel Fabacher, junior Olivia Durrence and sophomore Mikaela Gautheaux. Johns Creek’s record is currently 41-9 and host Hillgrove in the first round.

Roswell volleyball team has finished the regular season with 34 wins, the second-most for a Hornets team in the past ten years, only surpassed by a 38-win campaign in 201l. The Hornets also won the Area 4-AAAAAA Reserve Championship last week. They will host South Gwinnett in the first round. “I’m excited on how much the team has improved and still tapering our training to peak at the right time of season,” community coach Damien Scott said. “We have our goals for each practice that will lead to our end goal for season.” Top performers for the Hornets include senior hitter Stephanie Martin and junior middle blocker Matilda Carpet.

Coming into this season, the Centennial volleyball team had only one winning season since 2005, which was a 21-win campaign in 2008. However, behind a blend of underclassmen merging with six seniors, the Knights have won a school-record 37 matches and travel to Camden County for their first postseason match in years. “We’ve accomplished our first goal of making the playoffs,” Centennial head coach Todd Kearney said. “We’ve set a new goal of making it to the Elite Eight and we’re mentally and physically prepared.” Middle hitter Paige Elliott, outside hitter Rachel Chau and setter Jessica Diaz have been standouts this season for the squad.

Fellowship Christian enters the postseason with a record of 25-7, and host Darlington in the first round of the Class A tournament. The Paladins have won 12 of its last 14 matches and are led by seniors including middle Kasey Shannon, outside hitter AJ Baumann and Baylee Corbett. “I’m really proud of our girls and we’ve had to work through adversity all season,” Fellowship Christian head coach Leah Smith said. “They’re a very talented group of individuals that has come together to display the power of playing as a team. We’re striving to go as deep into the state tournament as possible.”

Defending Class AAA state champions, Blessed Trinity, will begin its quest for a third state title in four seasons at home in the first round against Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe. The Titans have been the top-ranked team in the state for the majority of the season and boast a stellar overall record of 54-8, winning 10 of their last 12 matches. Senior hitter Molly McAlvany, along with juniors Amber MacDonald and Maggie Rick look to guide Blessed Trinity to the summit. “We’ve had many peaks and valleys this season,” Titans’ head coach Paul Stevens said. “I know we’re not satisfied and the girls are working very hard I practice every day.

Finally, Northview rebounded from a slow start to the season to finish with an area record of 9-6, earning the Titans the fourth seed out of Area 7-AAAAA. They will travel to Glynn Academy.

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