Perry, HoCo advance at state; Veterans falls

Perry is through to the next round of the GHSA Class AAAA state tournament. The Lady Panthers advanced by beating Baldwin 3-0 in a best-of-five series.

They, the No. 1 seed out of Region 2, will host Northside, Columbus, the No. 2 seed out of Region 2, Wednesday. The Lady Patriots are no stranger to county teams – excluding Perry. They beat Warner Robins once (2-0), Veterans once (2-0) and Houston County twice (2-0 both times) during the regular season.

And speaking of the Lady Bears … They also advanced. They beat Mount Zion, Jonesboro 3-0. They, the No. 2 out of Region 1, will travel and take on Glynn Academy, the No. 1 out of Region 2. Glynn Academy advanced with a 3-0 win over Evans.

Warner Robins did not share the good fortune of the other team. It lost to Locust Grove 3-0 (25-13, 25-11, 25-7). Locust Grove in turn has already played its second round and lost to McIntosh – also 3-0.

Northside was also eliminated. It fell to drew 3-0.

UPDATE:

It’s enough to have to beat one opponent on any given night. It’s another thing entirely – especially during the state tournament when competitors only get tougher and tougher – to beat two.

Such was the challenge for Veterans Tuesday (Oct. 23). While most played their first round back on Oct. 20, the Lady Warhawks played first and second. The first was against Eagles Landing. Veterans won 3-0. The second was against Statesboro. Unfortunately for it and its fans, the girls lost 3-0 and were eliminated from competition.