Volleyball: Cougars’ Coco breaks state record

By Score Atlanta

Chattahoochee’s Claudia Coco broke the Georgia individual all-time career digs record Thursday in a match against McIntosh. Lindsey Weider of Dacula set the original record at 1,930 (2003-2006), but Coco, a University of Tennessee commit, needed just eight games into her senior season to break it. Coco had 702 digs last season.

The Cougars, meanwhile, edged McIntosh and held off Marist in straight sets. Coco and the Cougars face St. Pius and Cambridge Thursday after Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Woodward Academy and a 2-0 loss to Class AAAA power, Columbus.

No. 3 North Cobb took the court without outside hitter Savanna Gonzalez and Class AAAAA No. 4 Pope was without its injured setter Morgan Dees when the teams squared off Tueday. The Warriors edged out Pope in three sets. The third team of the tri-match was Class AAAAAA No. 6 Johns Creek, and the Gladiators got the best of both of the injured squads in straight sets. North Cobb moved to 10-4 on the season. Johns Creek’s next test is at Class AAAAAA No. 1-ranked Walton in a best-of-five match next Tuesday.

Class AAAAA No. 10 Riverwood held set point over Lassiter at 24-22 on Tuesday, but the Trojans rung up four straight points that ended with a Libby Bochniak kill. Lassiter moves to 12-2 on the season and faces Pope and Class A No. 4 Walker on Thursday.

Impressive individual performances have come from underclassmen this season. East Coweta junior Jessica Bartholomew has registered 115 kills in her first 24 sets and Harrison junior Caroline Ostman has 126 kills in her first 30 sets played. The spike artists face each other Wednesday night at Harrison in their tri-match with Woodstock. Ostman’s junior teammate Madison Bright has dished 154 assists this season, and East Coweta senior Sydney Mauer has served up 222 assists with a 9.4 per set average.

Blessed Trinity moved to No. 1 in Class AAA after sweeps of Starr’s Mill, North Gwinnett, Norcross and Sandy Creek over the weekend. The Titans remain perfect on the season at 15-0 and will host a trio of Tennessee schools on Friday in the Choo Choo Classic in Chattanooga.

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