Veterans, after an Elite 8 finish and back-to-back Sweet 16 finishes – its progress since moving up to AAAAA – fell in the first round of last year’s state volleyball playoffs. No doubt the Lady Warhawks, entering their first-round matchup against Dutchtown Wednesday, took to the floor wanting to get back on track for a state title.
Mission accomplished. They rolled past Dutchtown 3-0.
“We were prepared,” said Head Coach Marlene Rogers. Her girls won 25-15, 25-22, 25-10. “Our serve receive was on point which allowed us to establish our offense by utilizing all of our attack options.
“We remained tough and consistent with our serve which helped set the tone for the entire match. It was a team effort and the win takes us to the Sweet 16!”
Katie Reiff helped lead the team with nine kills. Sydney Jones had six. She also had seven digs. Sophia Lopez put up 26 assists. Abby Cross had six digs and six aces and Khamari Trotter had two blocks.
Next up for the Lady Warhawks will be Northside, Columbus. It, the Region 2, No. 3 seed – Veterans is the No. 1 out of Region 1 so will host – beat Tri-Cities, the Region 3, No. 2.
Unfortunately for Warner Robins it was eliminated in the first round for the second-straight year. This time it was Eagles Landing that got the nod. It won 3-1.
The Demonettes took Game 1, 25-21. The visitor took the next three by a score of 25-16, 26-24, and 25-18.
Hayley Shepherd helped lead them. She had five aces, 22 kills and two blocks.