By Stephen Black
At the Class AAAAAA state volleyball semifinals Wednesday night at Chattahoochee, the favorites advanced to the finals as two-time defending champion Walton swept North Cobb 3-0 and Harrison beat Johns Creek 3-1. Kelly Scott had 34 assists and Kodi Smith had 14 kills and 12 digs for the second-seeded Hoyas. The Raiders were led by Jessica Sloan’s 11 kills and Celeste Ferguson’s 27 assists. As a team, Walton had 10 service aces.
The two highest-seeded teams in Class AAAAA also advanced as Area 4 rivals McIntosh and Whitewater will meet for the fourth time this season in the final. The Wildcats won the previous three meetings. Aggressive serving was key for the host Chiefs in their semifinal sweep over Starr’s Mill as coach Wendy Weaver’s squad combined for 12 aces, led by Kassandra Robert’s five. For Whitewater, Annika Van Gunst had 16 kills while sister Teegan had 14 in the 3-0 win over Lakeside-DeKalb. Abby Baker contributed 16 digs