Volleyball semifinals roundup

By Score Atlanta

AAAAAA

Chattahoochee 3, Johns Creek 2: In the Class AAAAAA semifinals, Chattahoochee defeated neighborhood-rival Johns Creek for the third time this season, 25-12, 16-25, 26-24, 23-25, 15-13. The host Cougars trailed 13-11 in the final set, but clinched the match after a block by Lexi Kingree ignited a 4-point Chattahoochee rally.

“It’s a huge win over a great team,” said Chattahoochee coach Jennie Blevins. “It shows what you can do if you push yourself hard enough.”

Setter Haley Templeton led Chattahoochee with 29 kills, 36 assists 23 digs while Reina Terry has 16 kills and Claudia Coco had 35 digs.

Walton 3, South Forsyth 0: Top-seeded Walton swept visiting South Forsyth 25-15, 25-15, 25-9. Sophomore Celeste Fitzgerald led the Raiders with 45 assists and Jessica Sloan posted a team-high 19 kills. Walton freshman Dalaney Hans and Lindsay Seagraves each served three aces and Kate Schwartz recorded 12 digs.

AAAAA

McIntosh 3, Northgate 0: Host McIntosh cruised into the finals with a 25-14, 25-13, 25-14 win. Rhegan Mitchell and Abbi Schelkopf led the Chiefs with 12 kills each. Defensively, Kassandra Robert paced McIntosh with 14 digs. Senior Rhana Mitchell added 13 digs.

Sequoyah 3, Dunwoody 0: Sequoyah won its 30th straight match with a 25-19, 25-16, 25-14 sweep. Dunwoody, in its first semifinals since 2005, jumped out to an early lead in the first set but the host Chiefs came back strong behind middle hitter Lauren Hartman.

AAAA

Columbus 3, Sandy Creek 2: Host Columbus topped defending champion Sandy Creek 25-19, 25-23, 22-25, 20-25, 15-8. Brianna Gogins had 17 kills, Ki’Anna Duncan tallied 20 digs, Madison Fleming recorded 40 assists and Shardonee Hayes had five blocks for Columbus.

Marist 3, River Ridge 0: Host Marist swept River Ridge 25-11, 25-20, 25-7. In the third game, Marist’s Leila King won 11 points on her serve with five aces. Bailey Weiland led the War Eagles with 14 kills and freshman Alena Cashdan tallied 12 kills. Hannah Weiland added a game-high 16 assists.

AAA

Blessed Trinity 3, Woodward Academy 1: Senior Molly McAlvany, a University of Tampa commitment, led host Blessed Trinity with 19 kills and 12 digs and keyed an 8-point run in the second set at the service line. The Titians trailed 21-14 before McAlvany began her service rally. Morgan Stallcup added eight kills and three blocks while Maggie Ricks had 26 assists for Blessed Trinity.

St. Pius 3, Buford 1: Senior outside hitter Leah Hardeman, a Coastal Carolina commitment, led the host Golden Lions with 26 kills, including the last two kills of the game. Buford lost in spite of freshman Gabby Curry’s 13 kills and 21 digs. St. Pius won 22-25, 25-17, 25-18, 28-26.

AA

Wesleyan 3, Lovett 1: The host Wolves came back from a 20-18 deficit in the final set to defeat defending state champion Lovett 25-18, 19-25, 25-23, 25-23. Lauren Frerking had 12 kills, Hannah Hoskin had 31 digs and Kendra Koetter tallied 38 assists for Wesleyan.

Westminster 3, Jefferson 0: Host Westminster swept Jefferson (25-13, 25-9, 25-15) after Wildcats junior Mackenzie Shannon recorded her ninth kill of the match on game-point. Teammate Kerrie Green contributed with 10 digs and eight kills and setter Ellie Hartman finished with 20 assists and seven aces.

A

Hebron Christian 3, Savannah Christian 2: Visiting Savannah Christian took a 2-sets-to-1 lead before the Raiders won 26-24, 22-25, 21-25, 25-16, 15-13. Eden Murray posted a game-high 20 kills and Bridgette Oduro added 14 kills for the Lions. Anna Katherine Wilson added 47 assists.

Holy Innocents’ 3, Eagle’s Landing Christian 2: The host Golden Bears ended the match on a kill by Julia Wright in Holy Innocents’ 25-17, 17-25, 27-25, 18-25, 18-16 win. Sarah Porter had 53 assists, Haley Collins had 26 kills and Sarah Joe had 20 digs to lead the Golden Bears.

6 comments Add your comment

Wolf Dawg

October 30th, 2013
9:33 pm

Good Effort Buford!! Congratulations to SPX & BT…

Swamp Lizard

October 31st, 2013
7:38 am

ELCA / Holy Innocents ….. What a great game ( match ) …. BOTH teams played like Champions! So proud of the ELCA girls for working so hard this year and making a great run. We wish Holy Innocents the best in the State Championship game …. great team and first class fans.

Sports Madness

October 31st, 2013
6:37 pm

Great job Marist making it to the AAAA Final! Syd Leimbach with 10 kills and 6 blocks in the semi-final win, way to go TEAM!

VB Momma

November 1st, 2013
7:08 am

Congrats to all the teams, especially those moving on. Reading the article, it makes me think that some of these schools are more liberal than others in their volleyball statistics — makes me wonder if there are some other volleyball mommas out there helping their daughters “improve” their resumes!

Sports Madness

November 1st, 2013
9:38 pm

True, VB Momma — especially when you read a defensive player has a large number of kills — who reports these statistics? :) Regardless, good luck to all in the finals!

Golden Bear

November 2nd, 2013
9:15 pm

Thanks to Swamp Lizard for such a good spirited message. The ELCA team showed heart and class in its battle with HIES, as did your fans. Your program deserves all the good that comes its way.