County volleyball teams pick up wins in area play
From Staff Reports
The Northgate Lady Vikings volleyball team improved its overall record to 24-9 and their Area 4-AAAAA record to 8-2 with a sweep of Drew (25-16, 25-10) and Mt. Zion (25-8 and 25-7).
The Lady Vikings entered the matches ranked fifth in the gasports.com Class AAAAA Coaches’ poll.
After wrapping up area play on Tuesday, the Lady Vikings will now gear up for a post-season run with nine matches against top non-region opponents beginning Thursday at Marist (10-7) where they will play the Lady War Eagles and Chattahoochee (12-11).
NEWNAN, EAST COWETA MAKE QUICK WORK OF AREA OPPONENTS
The toughest thing for Newnan and East Coweta volleyball lineups on Tuesday was getting Area 2-AAAAAA opponents to show up for a quad-match at the Max Bass Athletic Center.
The Lady Cougars and Lady Indians, who played earlier this season in the Coweta County Championships, waited on both Tri-Cities and Morrow, both of which arrived late for 5 p.m. matches and were forced to forfeit their openers.
Newnan, using a newer lineup than the one it used against East Coweta, dominated Morrow 25-9, 25-11, while now getting ready to host Troup and Fayette County for Senior Night on Thursday. The Lady Cougars improved to 12-9 overall and 4-1 in 2-AAAAAA with the victories.
The Lady Indians equally dominated Tri-Cities in a 25-5, 25-8 sweep while improving to 18-9 and 5-0 in the area. East Coweta wraps up area play on Tuesday at Luella while also playing Lovejoy in its final 2-AAAAAA matches.
TRINITY CHRISTIAN WINS AUGUSTA PREP TOURNAMENT TITLE
Over the weekend, Trinity Christian’s No. 1 GISA ranked and defending state champions had their winning streak snapped by an out-of-state opponent. But the Lady Lions avenged the loss while winning five out of six matches to win Augusta Prep’s tournament on Saturday.
Trinity Christian avenged a loss to South Aiken, S.C. with a 23-25, 25-22, 15-7 victory to put them in the championship of the Gold Bracket against North Augusta behind 13 kills, 14 digs and two aces by senior Ashton Bigler. Bigler then added six kills, three digs and two aces in a 25-20, 25-23 victory in the finals.
Elissa Waldrop had at least four kills for Trinity Christian in each of three victories on Saturday, beginning with a 25-15, 21-25, 15-12 effort over host Augusta Prep. Waldrop had six kills and setter Micayla Patterson finished with 20 assists. Alex Huber added four kills and 11 digs before adding four kills and four digs in the three-set win over South Aiken.
Trinity Christian opened the tournament on Friday by going 2-1 in pool play, defeating Augusta Christian (25-12, 25-8) and Wardlaw (25-20, 25-16). Rachel Lyons had 11 digs in the opening win over Wardlaw while Julie Smaltz posted seven aces in the sweep over Augusta Christian.
The Lady Lions suffered their first loss of the season to South Aiken, 21-25, 16-25 despite five kills apiece from Bigler and Huber and four more from Waldrop.