By Craig Sager II
Perhaps the biggest win of this week came Tuesday with St. Pius posting a 2-0 sweep over Class AAA No. 1 Blessed Trinity. The win could put the No. 2 Golden Lions in the front seed as the Area 5-AAA tournament is slated for next week. The loss handed the Titans just their third in-state loss of the season. Blessed Trinity will host Serve for the Cure this Friday and Saturday and will look to garner any lost momentum while facing Starr’s Mill, Columbus, Northgate, North Oconee and Blythewood (S.C.).
Harrison secured a No. 1 seed out of Area 3-AAAAAA Tuesday with wins over Campbell, North Cobb and Hillgrove. The Hoyas were led by Caroline Ostman’s 22 kills in the three matches and finished with an undefeated area mark. North Cobb grabs the No. 2 seed after the loss to Harrison, but wins over Campbell and Hillgrove.
Walton is also undefeated in area play, and the 3-time defending state champs posted sweeps over Lassiter and Wheeler on Tuesday. Roswell could grab the No. 2 seed out of 4-AAAAAA and recorded a critical three-set win over Woodstock and a sweep over Marietta. The Hornets square off with Etowah and Wheeler at home next Tuesday.
Pope secured wins over Northview and Riverwood on Tuesday, but it appears that the Greyhounds’ bid for an eighth straight area title could go to the Sequoyah Chiefs who continue to ride a month-long hot streak. Sequoyah topped Kell and North Springs in straight sets on Tuesday.
In Area 6-AAA things have heated up and Hart County, North Oconee and Morgan County are in a tight race for the 6-AAA crown. In Class A, Mt. Paran topped Christian Heritage 2-0 and beat North Cobb Christian 2-0 to conclude Area 4-A play and earn the No. 2 seed behind Walker.
Landmark Christian looks like a dangerous team coming out of Class A and dominated Starr’s Mill (25-11, 25-20) on Tuesday. The War Eagles will be tested on Thursday with matches against Holy Innocents’ and Walker.