High School Volleyball
No. 8 East Coweta sails past Mill Creek
The eighth-ranked East Coweta volleyball team advanced to the Class AAAAAA Sweet 16 Thursday evening with a sweep of Mill Creek.
With a 25-22, 25-16, 25-15 victory, East Coweta will keep home court next week for a match against No. 2 ranked South Forsyth.
The match is tentatively scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Paced by the play of Sydney Mauer who finished the three-set victory with 36 assists, the Lady Indians didn't allow Mill Creek to hang around very long.
The turning point came in the first set.
East Coweta started the night down 6-0, before Dominique Ingram helped rally her squad with six-straight points to tie the match.
The contest was tied again at 22-all before the the Lady Indians finished off the first set with three straight points.
'Coming back like that was huge,' said firstyear East Coweta head coach Amber McClure. 'It really shows how much we have matured this year.'
The other two sets weren't nearly as close.
East Coweta headed into the Class AAAAAA tournament after winning last week's Area 2-AAAAAA title and garnering the squad the No. 1 seed.
With Thursday night's victory, the Lady Indians have won 12 matches in a row, including 11 by straight sets.
The Lady Indians spread around the statistical wealth with Jessi Bartholomew leading the way with 16 kills. Sydney Winters added 9 kills and Ingram 8.
East Coweta also advanced with some timely serves.
Winters and Riley Padgett put points on East Coweta's side of the scoreboard with three aces each and Savannah Freeman two.
Freeman added 11 digs. April Schmitt and Hayley Mannebach six digs each.
Mannebach and Bartholomew also had two solo blocks.
South Forysth entered the Class AAAAAA state tournament as the No. 3 seed out of Area 5, and traveled to the Georgia coast Thursday afternoon and knocked off Brunswick 3-0.
'They are really good,' McClure said. 'We are going to have to be ready because they have been ranked most of the season.'