Whitewater denies Veterans advance at state

“The third time’s the charm.”

Well, that’s how the proverb goes, but it didn’t work for Veterans as it hosted Whitewater in the GHSA Class AAAAA volleyball Sweet 16 Tuesday.

Twice during the regular season the Lady Warhawks came up short to the Lady Wildcats (2-1 in August and 2-0 on Sept. 7) so the third time should have been theirs.

It wasn’t.

Whitewater eliminated Veterans 3-1.

“Play was tough throughout the match as both teams continued side out,” said Lady Warhawks Head Coach Marlene Rogers, whose squad finished 23-13 (according to MaxPreps) and also finished first in Class AAAAA Area 1, and won their sixth-straight county championship in just her first year. “VHS demonstrated some amazing volleyball but could not keep it consistent through the sets and came up short on the evening,” she continued.

Alasha Heard led the squad with 12 kills and three blocks, while Senior Lorelei Diamond “had a solid night,” Rogers said, with six kills, three blocks and five digs.  Senior Ashley Dostie pulled up eight digs and provided two aces and Izzy Coddington had 28 assists.

“Expectations were low for this season,” Rogers said in reflection. “It was a rebuilding year as the team graduated four seniors last year and lost their head coach. This team only had five upper classmen – two seniors and three juniors.
“Despite being a young team, we exceeded expectations and surprised ourselves. It seemed that we lost every close match all season except when the stakes really mattered.”

“Consistency in play was erratic for most of the season,” she continued. “But the desire to compete and achieve remained a constant  That continuous drive to better themselves and better their team resulted in the successes they rightfully earned.
“To be sure, the season was a roller coaster ride. But the thrill was amazing and I would gladly do it again.  I am so proud of there girls and I am blessed to have been a part of this team.”