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Greenbrier wins area championship

Posted: October 16, 2012 - 11:14pm
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Greenbrier players Jennifer Orial (11) and Jen Purucker (7) block the hit by Houston County's Gabi Clevenger (left) during Greenbrier High School's win in the Area 2-AAAAA Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF    JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Greenbrier players Jennifer Orial (11) and Jen Purucker (7) block the hit by Houston County's Gabi Clevenger (left) during Greenbrier High School's win in the Area 2-AAAAA Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF

As it has all year, the Greenbrier Lady Wolfpack volleyball team proved to be the best in the area.

That was made official Saturday afternoon when the Lady Wolfpack finished off Houston County for the second time, winning the Area 2-AAAAA volleyball championship. In the best-of-five match, the Lady Wolfpack won 25-22, 25-19, 25-9.

The team enters the Class AAAAA State Volleyball Playoffs as a No. 1 seed with a 36-1 record and begins play at home on Thursday against Area 7’s North Springs (16-11) from Atlanta. Greenbrier was the only Columbia County team in AAAAA to move on.

“This team is 36-1, how amazing is that?” said Greenbrier head coach Debbie Born, who was named the Area 2-AAAAA Coach of the Year while sophomore DeJhana Cotton was named the Area 2-AAAAA Player of the Year. “It’s phenomenal. I can’t remember the last time I’ve won a region championship in this gym, if at all, so it’s special for the kids.”

Bringing a squad loaded with seniors, Grovetown (16-13) looked like a team primed to make a move at the tournament. After downing Lakeside Friday night, the Lady Warriors lost in two games to the Lady Wolfpack and were eliminated by Northside Warner Robins. It was the second county school Northside knocked out, having ousted Evans the previous match.

In its second match, Lakeside (11-18) took Warner Robins to three games, losing the decisive third set 25-22 after fighting back from a 8-1 deficit. Despite the loss, head coach Moe McCormack took away positives.

“We played very well,” she said. “Warner Robins is a program that’s established and very successful. We’ve got ninth- and 10th-graders in key positions. We’re young, but we played some of our best volleyball today, which is what you want to do. I think we’re going to take a lot out of this and learn from it and I think we’ll be really ready next year.”

In the Area 3-AA tournament, Harlem (3-20) was knocked out in two games by eventual champion Westside, but still advanced to the state tournament. The team enters the Class AA State Volleyball team as Area 3’s No. 4 seed, facing Area 4’s No. 1 seed Westminster (25-11) from Atlanta.

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