EC, Newnan finish in gold medal bracket
East Coweta and Newnan volleyball teams each came away with lots of positives at last weekend's Sequoyah Classic after advancing to the gold medal bracket.
By the end of Saturday, the Lady Indians had improved to 7-2 overall with their only losses coming to Etowah and Pope.
The Lady Cougars, meanwhile, picked up three wins in the tournament, including a confidence builder Saturday morning when Newnan swept county rival Northgate 25-16, 25-20 in the final match in pool play.
Newnan head coach Leslie Fant couldn't help but be excited about her team's progress.
'Everybody contributed to the win,' she said. 'It was great to beat Northgate.'
Maggie Darracott led the way for the Lady Cougars from her libero spot on the floor, setting up several points en route to the win.
Alison Cash had four kills en route to the win. Jenni Young and Julie Masonheimer had three kills each. Tiffany Maes added an ace and 12 assists against the Lady Vikings.
After beating Northgate, the Lady Cougars lost to Sequoyah in the first-round of the Gold Medal bracket 30-28 and 25-22. They capped off the event with a 19-25, 26-16 and 16-4 comeback over Northside-Columbus.
'I am just thrilled with the way we played,' Fant said. This is something we can build on. We don't ever slow down.'
East Coweta may have equally been inspired with its opening match against Etowah, taking game one against the Lady Eagles. Despite the loss, 'we got better,' said head coach Amber McClure.
After wins over Kennesaw Mountain and Sprayberry, the latter a dominating 25-8, 25-10 decision that allowed the Lady Indians to advance to the gold bracket as the No. 2 seed out of Pool C.
East Coweta opened bracket play with a 25-23, 25-18 loss to Pope, another traditional volleyball power.
'You could just see them build off that history,' McClure said of Pope. 'It was like, we've been here before. That's what we're trying to do.'
The Lady Indians eventually capped off the tournament with a 25-14, 25-16 victory over Appalachee.
Senior Sydney Mauer led East Coweta in digs (19), assists (101) and aces (14) in the tournament. Junior Jesse Bartholomew posted a team-high 43 kills over the five matches and had 17 digs. Middle hitter Dominique Ingram was East Coweta's top blocker with five to go with 20 kills. Hayden Mannebach finished with 18 kills.
Sydney Winters also had 16 digs and senior libero Savannah Freeman had 13 aces to help lead the team's service game.
Newnan began the tournament on Friday beating Oconee (20-25, 25-20, 15-8) , but losing to Woodstock (19-25, 23-25).
'Losing to Woodstock was the worst part of the tournament,' Fant said. 'We really felt like we should have beaten them.'
Newnan faces two tough opponents Tuesday when they face Landmark and Whitewater in Fairburn. East Coweta continues a tough non-region schedule on Thursday at Roswell in a tri-match with Brookwood.
Northgate also continues a tough early season schedule on Tuesday at Sandy Creek in a tri-match with Mill Creek. Full details of the Lady Vikings' matches this weekend were unavailable at deadline on Saturday.