Season’s first volleyball rankings

By Score Atlanta

In Class AAAAAA, Walton won its third state title in a row last season, and for the second consecutive time, beat out Harrison in the championship. Celeste Fitzgerald led with 47 assists last year in the finals victory as a freshman and will be a huge part of Walton’s success moving forward. Senior Jessica Sloan had north of 368 kills last season.

Class AAAAA defending champion Whitewater is without Georgia Tech signees Teegan and Annika Van Gunst. The twins and senior Abby Baker (South Alabama) will be difficult to replace, but Kait Steele is one of the best setters in the state. McIntosh replaces last year’s leaders, Arkansas signee Breena Jones and Ashley Young, with their senior setter Rhegan Mitchell.

Sandy Creek returns Alexis Broadwater who contributed as a freshman last season in the Patriots run to a Class AAAA title. Seniors Sydney Wilson and Tamara Dorsey star in 2013’s lineup.

Class AAA No. 1 seed Blessed Trinity completed its magnificent season that saw coach Paul Stevens’ Titans win 54 of 56 matches, including a streak in the area and state tournaments in which they did not lose a single set. The Titans replace Jessica Holler and Abby Feruck with Molly McAlvany and Sabrina Hansen. Junior Maggie Rick had 34 assists during the state finals last season and will be a huge part of Blessed Trinity’s bid for a repeat.

In Class AA, Lovett completed its story season in 2012 by beating neighborhood rival Westminster in the finals in five sets. It was the first time in three matches the Lions had defeated the Wildcats that season. Westminster loses just two seniors from last season in Margaret Strickland and Jillian Puskas. Ayana Fennell, Ellie Hogan, Ellie Hartman and Caroline Beadles lead this season’s senior class for Westminster.

Landmark Christian won its third state title last fall and first since 2003 in upsetting top-seeded Walker. Ellen Anderson and Savannah Wettstein lead the 2013 War Eagles senior class.

AAAAAA

1. Walton

2. Harrison

3. Johns Creek

4. North Cobb

5. Mill Creek

6. South Forsyth

7. Hillgrove

8. Chattahoochee

9. Roswell

10. Woodstock

AAAAA

1. McIntosh

2. Whitewater

3. Lakeside-DeKalb

4. Starr’s Mill

5. Pope

6. Northview

7. Northgate

8. Greenbrier

9. Harris County

10. Allatoona

AAAA

1. Sandy Creek

2. Columbus

3. Southwest Whitfield

4. Marist

5. Woodland-Stockbridge

6. Veterans

7. Carrollton

8. River Ridge

9. Heritage-Catoosa

10. South Effingham

AAA

1. Blessed Trinity

2. St. Pius X

3. Woodward Academy

4. Oconee County

5. Buford

6. Sonoraville

7. Cartersville

8. Ringgold

9. Islands

10. North Murray

AA

1. Westminster

2. Wesleyan

3. Lovett

4. GAC

5. St. Vincent’s Academy

6. Westside-Augusta

7. Calhoun

8. Kendrick

9. Spencer

10. Rabun County

A

1. Landmark Christian

2. Walker

3. Savannah Christian

4. Hebron Christian

5. George Walton Academy

6. Savannah Country Day

7. Holy Innocents’

8. ELCA

9. Brookstone

10. North Cobb Christian

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Cold Hard Facts

August 14th, 2013
2:02 pm

Landmark lost Senior Lily Kessler this year. She is playing for a travel beach volleyball team. She will be missed as she was a leader on last year’s championship team. Still, Landmark should vie for another repeat.

SportsTopFan(c)

August 14th, 2013
2:05 pm

SportsTopFan(c) and volleyball fans statewide would like to wish all the high school volleyball teams in Georgia the best of luck and success this upcoming season !!!

Volleyball is a great sport that is growing worldwide.