High School Volleyball
Lady Indians sweep Brookwood, Roswell
If last weekend's effort in the annual Sequoyah Classic wasn't an indication of where East Coweta's volleyball team stands among Class AAAAAA competition this season, Thursday may have made even bigger believers out of the Lady Indians.
In a tri-match against two lineups that reached last year's Sweet 16 in Class AAAAAA, East Coweta swept Brookwood 25-20, 25-21 before holding off host Roswell 25-23, 21-25, 29-27 to improve its record to 9-2 heading into another pair of intense matches next week.
'I couldn't be any prouder of the girls,' said East Coweta head coach Amber McClure. 'The girls came together and I think they made a decision that we were going to win that [Roswell] match.'
Junior outside hitter Jessi Bartholomew helped cap off the sweep of opponents against Roswell with 15 kills and 11 digs, as East Coweta's defense worked hard to negate the Lady Hornets' top scorer from its front line.
'Every point mattered to them,' said McClure of her team. 'Our team never lost that fight.'
Sydney Winters and Hayley Mannebach combined for seven aces in the Roswell match, with a pair of Winters' serves coming in crucial moments down the stretch.
Mannebach also had eight digs along with teammate Savannah Freeman. Winters added five kills against Roswell.
A tough schedule continues heading toward the start Area 2-AAAAAA play next week. East Coweta will travel to Harrison on Tuesday for a tri-match with Woodstock before heading to Newnan on Thursday in a match also including Sandy Creek.
'I told them that the schedule doesn't get any easier,' she said.
NEWNAN SWEEPS TRI-MATCH AT HOME: Newnan's volleyball team moved its record to 8-3 Thursday night with a sweep of Fayette County (25-8, 25-12) and LaGrange (25-22, 25-12).
Allison Cash added 10 aces en route to the Lady Cougars sweep.