Veterans, HoCo earn Area runner-up finishes

Veterans finished runner-up at the Area 1-AAAAA tournament held at Veterans Saturday. The Lady Warhawks came up short to Harris County 2-0 (25-23, 25-22) in the championship match.

That was after beating Thomas County Central in the championship round 2-0 (25-13, 26-24).

“Due to Fall Break and the hurricane,” said Head Coach Marlene Rogers, whose girls swept the Lady Tigers during the regular season – meeting twice and winning twice, “the team was only able to practice one time in over a week prior to the tournament.

“This lack of practice time showed up in a high number of missed serves, inconsistent serve receive and numerous hitting errors. However, the team came together with heart and effort to keep both sets close.”

Alasha Heard had nine kills to help lead the day. She was earned the Most Valuable Player award for the Area.

Stacie Jones, who received an Honorable Mention, had seven blocks. Katie Reiff had seven aces and Abby Cross nine digs. Reiff was named to the Second Team, as was Shaylen Brown and Maci Dykes, and Cross received an Honorable Mention.

Also, Meredith Buchanan was selected to the First Team.

Veterans will next take on Eagles Landing, the No. 3 out of Region 4, when the state tournament begins Oct. 20.

Warner Robins finished third in the Area. The Demonettes opened against Harris County but fell 2-1 (won 25-19, but then lost 25-15 and 25-21). They rebounded to beat Thomas County Central 2-0 (25-11, 25-20).

“I thought my girls played great in the first set against Harris County,” said Head Coach Cassie Bennett. “They were back to playing as a team and playing with energy. Unfortunately serve receive errors caught up to us in the third set.

“I was also pleased with their serving because they all seemed to concentrate more and take care of the ball. Anna Slaughter played really well this weekend. She was focused and determined which rubbed off on some of the other girls. Jessica Henry and Hannah Luke also made some crucial plays.

“I truly believe that if my girls continue to play as a team and play with energy and excitement then they will be a very difficult team to beat.”

Warner Robins will take on Locust Grove, the No. 2 team out of Region 4, Saturday at 11 a.m. at McIntosh High School.

Elsewhere, Houston County also finished runner-up for Area 1-AAAAAA. The Lady Bears fell to Lee County in the championship match 2-0 (25-17, 25-13). They will host Mt. Zion, Jonesboro, the Region 4, No. 3 team.

Northside finished the No. 4 and will travel and play Drew, the No. 1 out of Region 4.