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Volleyball teams advance to state semifinals
by Greg Oshust
October 31, 2013 10:28 AM | 826 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Westminster's Caroline Welsh dives to save the ball during the Wildcats' Class AA state second-round match with Greater Atlanta Christian last Tuesday.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Westminster's Caroline Welsh dives to save the ball during the Wildcats' Class AA state second-round match with Greater Atlanta Christian last Tuesday.
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The state volleyball tournament enters the semifinals, with six local teams still in the hunt for championships.

Buckhead archrivals Lovett and Westminster advanced to the Class AA semifinals, while Marist (AAAA), St. Pius X and Woodward (AAA) and Holy Innocents’ (A) comprise the rest of the area contingent.

The semifinals will be played at the site of the higher seed, while the finals are scheduled to be held at Marietta High School Friday and Saturday.

Defending AA champion and third-seeded Lovett (21-11) aims for a return trip to the championship game when it faces second-seed Wesleyan.

The Lions advanced to the final four with a 3-0 victory over Kendrick (25-18, 25-17, 25-12) last Saturday after beating Westside, Augusta in three sets (25-13, 25-17, 25-16) last Tuesday.

“We’re excited about making it back [to the semifinals],” Lovett coach Mary Buczek said. “It’s been a long season in terms of growth and I was happy to see us playing a little bit more like a team in the [Kendrick] match.”

Westminster (25-11), which had a quarterfinal bye as the top seed in AA, hosts Jefferson, the No. 5 seed, in its semifinal match.

The Wildcats beat Greater Atlanta Christian 3-0 (25-10, 25-21, 25-21) in the quarterfinals last Tuesday.

“The things that we emphasize on our side of the net is to put pressure on the opponent and to take care of the ball,” Westminster coach Jona Braden said. “We put pressure on [Greater Atlanta Christian], but we took a lot of their shots that they wanted to take away. They had to make some adjustments and we had to make some adjustments. They’re a good team, they are so well coached and they have kids who are going to play hard.”

Marist (31-12), the second seed in AAAA, hosts third-seed River Ridge in a semifinal contest.

The War Eagles made it to the AAAA final four by defeating Southeast Whitfield 3-0 (25-12, 25-7, 25-13) in the second round last Tuesday and Locust Grove 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-10) in the quarterfinals last Saturday.

St. Pius X (46-7), the top seed in AAA and last year’s state runner up, hosts Buford in its semifinal match.

The Lady Lions, who had a quarterfinal bye as the top seed, defeated Hart County 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-16) in their second-round match.

Woodward (39-14) faces a tough challenge in its AAA semifinal match as the third-seeded War Eagles go on the road to take on defending champion and second-seed Blessed Trinity.

The War Eagles earned their final four spot by defeating Islands 3-0 (25-10, 25-10, 25-11) in the second round last Tuesday and Sonoraville 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-11) in the quarterfinals last Saturday.

Holy Innocents’ (30-14) enters the Class A tournament as the top seed and will host Eagle’s Landing Christian in the semifinals.

Having automatically advanced to the semis with a quarterfinal bye, the Golden Bears beat Calvary Day Baptist 3-1 (25-18, 25-19, 22-25, 25-8) in the second round last Tuesday.



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