Veterans High School’s boys earned a spot in the Final Four of the Georgia State Volleyball Tournament this past Saturday.
Per Head Coach Marlene Rogers, the Warhawks beat Harrison, Chamblee and River Ridge high schools in pool play to start the tournament.
That put them in the Elite Eight where they faced off against Winder-Barrow. The “defensive-minded” Bulldogs, Rogers said, came out “tough” in the first set. Thus, they beat Veterans 25-22. The second set was just as close, she said, but with the Warhawks earning the win, 25-22.
“It was an intense third set with a huge crowd cheering on both teams,” said Rogers, happily adding the Warhawks made a small run late to take a 15-12 win.
That put them in the Final Four where they matched up with Chattahoochee High School.
They, Rogers said, had a completely different game style, which relied on two big offensive weapons. “The different game style caught the Warhawks flat-footed,” she said, adding despite a late comeback they still lost 25-18.
Veterans came out strong in the second set, she said – keeping the score even the entire set. However, “two missed serves late in the set created the advantage Chattahoochee needed.” It went on to win and went on to become the 2019 champions.
Chase Cross led the offense with 42 kills. He also had four aces. Also, Cameron Garrett had 22 kills and Jared Vinup was the lead blocker. He had 12 and was followed by Bronson Ray with nine.
Cross also pulled in 12 digs while Vinup had 11. Landon Ritchie contributed 55 assists while Will Summers finished with 31.
“It was a tough loss for the team,” Rogers said, “as nine of the 12 players will graduate in 2019. Cross and Garrett, the first Veterans High players to play men’s collegiate volleyball, were among them. The two signed a Letter of Intent for Reinhardt University Monday at Veterans. (Look for an article on that to follow.)