High School Volleyball
Newnan sweeps opening tri-match
by Doug Gorman
If the Newnan Lady Cougars volleyball team was looking for a spark to jump-start its season, it came in Tuesday's opening tri-match at the Max Bass Athletic Center.
The Lady Cougars began the 2013 season with a sweep, of Our Lady of Mercy (25-12, 25-19) before pulling off a threegame victory over state power Starr's Mill (19-25, 32-30 25-18) for the Lady Cougars' biggest volleyball win in recent memory.
A year ago, Starr's Mill advanced to the Class AAAAA Final Four before falling to McIntosh.
The victory over Starr's Mill came in dramatic fashion as Newnan rallied in the last two sets after dropping the first set to the Lady Panthers.
Jenny Young, Allison Cash, Julie Masonheimer and Maggie Darracott helped lead the way for the Lady Cougars.
'It was awesome to knock them off,' Young said. 'We had so much fight not to lose.'
The victory against Starr's Mill shows the Lady Cougars they can now win the big matches.
'I think this will motivate Young said. 'I think once the timing with our hitters starts working, we will get so much better.'
us the rest of the year,' Masonheimer says a victory like the one against Starr's Mill shows how Newnan has closed the gap against some of the bigger programs.
'All those teams that are in the bubble, have always been top teams in our area,' she said. 'To beat a team like Starr's Mill, we have come a long way.'
In other volleyball action, Northgate split its season opening tri-match, earning a sweep over Columbus (25-18, 26-24).
The Lady Vikings fell to Northside-Columbus 2-1 (26-24, 22-25 and 22-25).
In the only score available, in East Coweta's season opener, the Lady Indians beat Riverwood (25-21, 25-14).
East Coweta enters the season trying to build on its second straight Coweta County title. The Lady Indians knocked off Northgate to win the county title last year.
Northgate had won the event eight-years in a row.
All three teams made it to the their GHSA state tournaments last year. The Lady Vikings lost in the Class AAAA Final Four.
Newnan advanced to the Class AAAAAA Sweet 16, while East Coweta was eliminated in the first round.
All three local schools will participate in this weekend's annual Sequoyah Classic.