High School Volleyball
Northgate knocks off top-seeded Lithia Springs
Northgate volleyball coach Matt Trucks knew traveling to Lithia Springs in Douglasville for the first round of the Class AAAAA tournament wasn't going to be easy.
He was right.
Northgate needed a five-set thriller against the Lady Lions to advance to the second round (25-17, 23-25, 25-15, 21-15, 15-11).
'When you go in as the No. 4 seed, you know you are not going to face a cupcake in the firrst round,' Trucks said. 'I am so proud of the way we were able to advance.
After dropping the fourth set of the match to even the contest at two sets each, Northgate's three seniors, Randee Harvel, Erin Valentine, and Michella Crooks gathered the team around before the start of the fifth set and urged them to play with a sense of urgency.
It worked as they won the shortened fifth set by four points.
'I am just so proud of my seniors,' he said. 'They just stepped it up and carried the team.'
The team was led by Harvel's 20 kills while Savannah Moore and Lexie Rose added 10 and 8, respectively.
Taylor Bigler finished with 22 assists and Katie Whiddon 21.
Valentine finished with 13 digs and five aces. Harvel also added three aces.
Northgate moves into the second round of the Class AAAAA tournament against at Houston County next week. Houston County advanced to the Sweet 16 with a five-set victory over Tucker.
This will be the third meeting of the year between the two teams.
Northgate swept the two matches during the regular season.
'We like our chances to get through, but we have to play hard again,' Trucks said.