High School Volleyball

Lady Indians open busy week with sweep

Fresh off last week's repeat title in the annual Coweta County Championships, East Coweta kicked off a busy week of volleyball action with a tune up, easily sweeping past Area 2-AAAAAA opponents Morrow and Luella on Tuesday at Morrow to get to the 20-win plateau by mid September.

The Lady Indians (20-4) rolled past Morrow 25-7, 25-4 before also sweeping Luella 25-11, 25-8 after entering the week with a No. 7 ranking among the latest Class AAAAAA Coaches Poll.

With at least a dozen dates left on the schedule including Thursday's home trimatch against Starr's Mill and Columbus and a trip to the Rockdale-Conyers Classic Spikefest on Saturday, East Coweta needs only five more victories to eclipse last season's win total of 25.

The Lady Indians' efforts on Tuesday were arguably the team's most dominating of the season while getting a chance to see Katie Jones at the libero position while posting four digs against Luella.

Junior Jessi Bartholomew led the offense with 14 kills against the Lady Lions while Haylea Mannebaugh and Dominique Ingram each had three blocks. Sydney Winters and senior Abbie Blum added three and two kills respectively while sophomore Sydney Winters and freshman Riley Padgett combined for seven aces, four of which from Winters.

Senior setter Sydney Mauer finished with a team-high 19 assists for East Coweta.

In the win against Morrow, Bartholomew led the Lady Indians with eight kills and Ingram and Casey Padgett added five and three, respectively.

Mannenbaugh finished with five aces and Mauer added three to go with another 19 assists. Ingram also had a pair of blocks in the win, which helped start an actionpacked week off with some early momentum in addition to remaining unbeaten in 2-AAAAAA at 5-0.

'It's a busy week for us, so it was good to get things started with a couple of wins,' said ECHS first-year head coach Amber McClure. 'We've got two big matches on Thursday.'

Thursday's matchups at John Thrower Gym will have Starr's Mill (14-14), ranked third in Class AAAAA, and Columbus (19-9) the No. 1 team in Class AAA coming to visit.

Four of the top-five ranked teams in Class AAAAA are from Area 4-AAAAA, with McIntosh (No. 1), Northgate (No. 4) and Ola (No. 5) joining Starr's Mill. The area also includes No. 8 Union Grove and No. 10 Whitewater.

East Coweta will open this weekend's Rockdale-Conyers Spikefest against Grovetown on Friday before beginning Saturday's schedule against Habersham Central.

NORTHGATE SPLITS AREA MATCHES: The Lady Vikings jumped out early against No. 1 state-ranked and 4-AAAAA rival McIntosh in game one before the bottom fell out of a 22-25, 13-25 loss while splitting area matches with the Lady Chiefs and Drew on Tuesday at Whitewater.

Northgate led the opening game 22-20 against McIntosh before the Lady Chiefs reeled off five unanswered points coming off a timeout by head coach Wendy Weaver.

The Lady Vikings defeated Drew 25-7, 25-17.

Northgate (14-14) returns home on Thursday for Senior Night in a tri-match with Eagle's Landing Christian and Locust Grove before playing Sandy Creek, Newnan and Landmark Christian on Saturday at Sandy Creek.

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