“It’s a good tournament for us because at this point in our season we’re getting set to roll into area so you want tournaments like this where everybody can be learning,” Landmark coach Sheri Creamer said.
After starting the gauntlet with an easy 2-0 win over Calvary Day, the No. 4 ranked Lady War Eagles in Class A met the No. 1 team in Class AAAAA—Whitewater. Unfortunately, Landmark lost the first game 25-13, and after competing early but falling too far behind in the second contest, were handed a 25-19 setback.
“We didn’t play well,” Creamer said. “They played well. They are a tough team and are having a great season.”
Currently, the Lady Wildcats are 37-1 and winners of 14 straight matches.
“They are a well-coached team,” Creamer said. “They’ve got talented players and strong hitters. If I were a wagering girl, I would say any given day we could beat them when we’re playing well.”
However, the Lady War Eagles bounced back with a 2-0 triumph over West Laurens during which Tiffany Creamer dominated the Lady Raiders with her serving. Then, Landmark had its second meeting of the season with No. 3 ranked Sandy Creek (Class AAAA) which was just as competitive this time around as well.
“We love playing Sandy Creek,” Creamer said. “It’s not a rivalry but we have some girls who play each together in club. They have a lot of fun trying to dominate each other.”
After falling into a 19-11 hole, the Lady War Eagles went on a furious 14-2 rally, capped by a pair of aces by Lilly Kessler, to steal the first game 25-21. After the Lady Patriots rebounded with a 25-16 win in the second game, Landmark held on despite a Sandy Creek rally for a 25-23 triumph.
“I think really think it came down to errors for both teams,” Creamer said.
Landmark capped the tournament with a 2-0 victory over Newnan and is 26-13 overall and 6-0 in Area 3-A.
“We’re having an outstanding season,” Creamer said. “Our girls have learned to play well together and they are jelling well at the right time. Hopefully, we will go into the end of the season running at a fast pace.”