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Volleyball heading to final stages

Posted: October 13, 2013 - 12:02am
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Lakeside's Abby Mash scores against Westside on Tuesday.   Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Lakeside's Abby Mash scores against Westside on Tuesday.

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Heading into the Area 2-AAAAA Volleyball Tournament at Grovetown High School, the top two teams in the area concluded their regular seasons with wins.

Wednesday, the area’s No. 1 seed, the Greenbrier Lady Wolfpack, took on Midland Valley and swept them 3-0. The Lady Wolfpack (23-14,5-1 area) have won eight of their last nine matches.

The lone loss in that span came to the area’s No. 2 seed, the Lakeside Lady Panthers. While the Lady Panthers (28-8, 5-1) beat Greenbrier, the Lady Panthers were the No. 2 seed because of tiebreakers involving Greenbrier and No. 3 Houston County, which beat Lakeside.

The Lady Panthers ended their regular season on a high note Tuesday night, beating Westside for the second time this year, winning the match 3-1.

Three of the four games were close. The Lady Panthers won the first 25-22, dropped the second 25-21, then finished off the Lady Patriots 25-11, 25-23.

Holly Sweeting led the way with nine kills, Breanna Dixon tallied 19 set assists while Dixon and Alexis Dunbar each had nine digs. Dunbar also had five aces and Kelsey Cunningham ruled the net to the tune of four blocks.

In Georgia Independent School Association play, the Augusta Prep Cavaliers continued their impressive season with a 3-0 shutout of Fox Creek, Wednesday. The Lady Cavaliers improved to 24-2 overall and are 8-0 in GISA Region 1-AAA.

The Lady Cavaliers headed to Atlanta Friday and Saturday to play four games and four wins would give them the region championship.

While the margin of victory over Fox Creek was fairly large: 25-14, 25-21, 25-15, the match wasn’t without drama.

“I was exceptionally proud of how the team responded to being down 7-0 in the start of game 3 with Fox Creek serving and attacking us off the court,” wrote Augusta Prep head coach Rich Bland in an e-mail. “The team came storming back to outscore them 25-7 to win going away.”

Among others, Bland highlighted Margaret Cavanaugh’s play at the net both offensively and defensively as she finished with five kills and two blocks. After missing a good chunk of the season with an injury, Brooke Stevens returned and led the Lady Cavaliers Wednesday with eight kills. Setter Hannah Masiongale had 21 set assists and paced the team with four aces.

Needing wins over Laney and Josey this week to advance to the Georgia High School Association Class AA State playoffs, the Harlem Lady Bulldogs did not get them and their season came to a close.

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