When Augusta Christian’s Lady Lions welcomed Augusta Prep Tuesday night, it was a matter of two volleyball teams heading in different directions – one up and one down.
Little changed as the Lady Cavaliers won handily, 25-9, 25-7, 25-15.
The Lady Cavaliers improved to 15-5 with three regular season games left until they play host to the Georgia Independent Schools Association state tournament Oct. 26-27. The team finished Region 1-AAA play with a perfect 8-0 record and will be a No. 1 seed in the single-elimination tournament.
Two of the team’s next three matches will be against South Aiken and Fox Creek.
“The most important thing we can do is play well,” said Lady Cavaliers head coach Rich Bland. “It’s important we play the highest caliber teams we can so when we go into state we have that experience.”
The loss dropped the Lady Lions to 0-16 with one game left.
“We don’t have the depth in numbers or experience this year,” said Lady Lions coach Chuck Renfro, whose squad has just two seniors. “It’s been tough for that reason.”
Lady Cavaliers’ sophomore Brooke Stevens got the match off to a fast start, recording seven aces. In all, the Lady Cavaliers finished with 12 aces in the game. Stevens would also finish with two kills for the game.
Lady Cavaliers’ sophomore setter Hannah Masiongale had two kills and 21 match assists.
Game two started much the same as the first as Shelby Hamilton had four aces while the Lady Cavaliers built a quick 7-1 advantage.
In the final game, the Lady Lions were down 5-0 and trailed 16-5 before closing to within 17-12 on a Sara Tereshinski ace. That would be as close as the team would get as a Rachael Muehlfeld kill and two Hamilton aces quickly pushed the Lady Cavaliers’ lead to 20-12.