By Stephen Black
Class AAA No. 5 St. Pius won its first-round match in the state playoffs in three sets. The Golden Lions face No. 8 Ringgold tonight. … Class AAAAA Lakeside-DeKalb eliminated Lithia Springs in the first round of the state tournament. The Vikings (27-6) won three of four sets and will host Houston County tonight. … Tucker (29-12) advanced to the second round with a 3-1 over host North Paulding Thursday. No. 10 Harris County is next up for the Tigers. … In Class AAAA, Chamblee defeated Alexander in four sets over the visiting Cougars. The Bulldogs advanced to face No. 1 Veterans Tuesday night. … Class A No. 2 Landmark Christian beat Mount Paran in the first round of the state playoffs and will host Atlanta International tonight. For the War Eagles, Tiffany Creamer had 27 kills, 14 digs and five blocks and Lilly Kesler had 34 assists, 19 digs, seven aces and five kills. … Class A No. 10 North Cobb Christian won in five sets over Our Lady of Mercy and will host No. 8 Holy Innocents’ tonight. Allison Hamilton had 28 kills and 24 digs for the Eagles.