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Local teams participate in volleyball playoffs
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
October 23, 2013 01:15 PM | 685 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>Lithia Springs senior Jasmin Harper returns the ball during practice.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Lithia Springs senior Jasmin Harper returns the ball during practice.
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Three Douglas County volleyball programs, Alexander, Chapel Hill and Lithia Springs, played in the Georgia High School Asssociation playoffs last week in the first round of the tournament.

Chapel Hill had another strong campaign in 2013, emerging with a school-record 32 wins and a second-place finish in Region 2-AAA. However, the Panthers’ season concluded on Oct. 16 with a home loss to Hart County, 3-0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-16).

“We had a good season and our younger players did well,” Chapel Hill head coach Jeremy Anderson said. “We’re losing only four seniors from our varsity roster.”

The top returning players for the Panthers will include two juniors; setter Daryl Mitchell and middle Kylah Maxwell-Brown, who led the team in attacks this past season.

Alexander dropped its first-round match in Class AAAA at South Effingham, 3-0 (25-4, 25-12, 25-8) on Oct. 16.

“We had to travel around seven hours to the match and we struggled in the first game,” head coach Rikki-Lynn Baxter said. “However, we played much better in the second and third games. I’m hopeful for next season with our younger players.”

The Cougars will look to receive contributions from sophomores Sidney Sullivan, Haley Worthy and freshman Auriel Byrd, all of whom will have larger roles within the varsity roster in 2014.

Lithia Springs finished the season with 18 wins, which included separate match-winning streaks of nine contests and five contests, and ended the season in first place within Region 5-AAAAA. The Lions’ top performers included senior Amariah Boyer, who led the team in kills, her twin sister Anaiah Boyer, the top assist woman on the squad, along with Megan Jackson, Casi Gilbert and Kiko Heno. Lithia Springs hosted Northgate on Oct. 17 in a classic match that went the full five sets with the visiting team gaining the victory 3-2 (25-17, 23-25, 25-15, 21-25, 15-11).



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