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Local volleyball teams move on to state second round
by Greg Oshust
October 22, 2013 01:57 PM | 2306 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>
Lovett’s Harley Sebastian gets the ball over the net during the Lions’ first-round Class AA state tournament match with Model last Wednesday.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Lovett’s Harley Sebastian gets the ball over the net during the Lions’ first-round Class AA state tournament match with Model last Wednesday.
Seven local teams advanced one step farther in postseason action as the GHSA state volleyball tournament got under way last week with first-round matches.

North Springs (Class AAAAA), Marist (AAAA), St. Pius X and Woodward (AAA), Westminster and Lovett (AA) and Holy Innocents’ (A) each won their opening contests to advance to second-round play Tuesday. Results of Tuesday’s matches were not available at press time.

Meanwhile, Pace and Atlanta International (A) saw their seasons end with first-round losses.

North Springs (28-14) advanced in the AAAAA tournament after defeating Richmond Hill 3-2 in its first round match. With the win, the Spartans moved on to a second-round match at Apalachee.

Marist (29-12) got its bid for the AAAA championship off to a good start as it defeated West Laurens 3-0 last Wednesday. The victory advanced the War Eagles to an AAAA second-round match with Southeast Whitfield.

“The girls played well,” Marist coach Kendall Reid-Webster said. “They were motivated and worked hard. The team has been working hard in practice and is taking one game at a time.”

St. Pius X (45-7) took one step closer to a third consecutive trip to the AAA finals after beating Ringgold 3-0 last Wednesday.

“We did not feel like we played very well against Ringgold,” St. Pius coach John Frederick said. “Whatever the reason, our movement on the court was slower than usual. The Ringgold kids fought hard, but they did not have nearly the talent level we did on our side of the court. Yet, we kept them in the games early by making numerous mistakes. We need to cut down the mistake level as the tournament continues or we could be sweating it out against more consistent opposition.”

Jessica Onuorah had a career-high 10 kills to lead the Lady Lions.

Woodward (37-14) beat Morgan County 3-0 last Wednesday to advance to a second-round match with Islands.

Westminster (24-11) started its bid for a return trip to the AA title game as it beat Coosa 3-0 last Wednesday. The Wildcats hosted GAC in second-round action Tuesday.

Defending AA champion Lovett (18-11) got its quest for a repeat off to a winning start as it defeated Model 3-0 last Wednesday. The Lions moved on to a second-round match with Westside of Augusta Tuesday.

Holy Innocents’ (28-14) advanced in the Class A tournament after beating Christian Heritage 3-0 last Thursday to advance to Tuesday’s second-round match with Calvary Baptist. Sarah Porter recorded her 1,000th assist of the season, while Mary Hollis Schmidt, Haley Collins and Sarah Joe also led the way for the Golden Bears.

“We were solid,” Holy Innocents’ coach Taylor Noland said. “I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished thus far.”

Pace (19-15) and Atlanta International (16-20) were eliminated in the first round of the Class A tournament, with the Knights losing to Walker 3-0 and the Eagles falling to Mount Paran Christian 3-1.

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