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2017 GHSA VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE

GREETINGS GHSA VOLLEYBALL FANS

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letics and for the team you are here to cheer on. Good sportsmanship is expected from our athletes and I urge you to be positive in your support of all of our teams. Let’s work together to make today’s games a great experience for all involved. To put on an event of this magnitude takes many volunteers who have worked tirelessly to provide a “first class” event. Many hours of work from this group will enhance the experience of our players, students and fans. The GHSA staff has been working for weeks as well to ensure a special event for all involved. Finally I would like to thank our corporate sponsors who make it possible to put on these championships. Their advertisements can be seen throughout this venue and I encourage you to support them whenever possible. The GHSA wants to thank these exemplary companies for their involvement; we appreciate their support. Thank you for your attendance, and I know you are going to enjoy the best high school volleyball anywhere!

elcome to the 2017 GHSA volleyball championships! The games are sure to be exciting as all of the schools represented are looking forward to their team achieving the title of “Champion.” However, we all know that all of our teams are outstanding and are definitely winners. This has been an outstanding season and this year’s championship games will include familiar faces as well as teams that have worked hard and peaked at just the right time. Our congratulations are in order for all of the teams, coaches, administrators, students and parents who have supported the athletes through this year’s journey to the final games. I know you will enjoy and appreciate the games and all of the work leading up to Sincerely, this exciting event. I would also like to thank you for your support of high school volleyball throughout the season. Your attendance and support is James R. Hines, Jr. integral to the success of high school ath- Executive Director

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SATURDAY OCTOBER 28, 2017 At Marietta 4A

11:00 am

Marist vs. Blessed Trinity

5A

1:30 pm

Buford vs. McIntosh

6A

4:00 pm

Harrison vs. Alpharetta

7A

6:30 pm

Walton vs. Etowah

At Holy Innocents’ 1A

11:00 am

Mount Paran vs. Calvary Day

2A

1:30 pm

St. Vincent’s vs. Coosa

3A

4:00 pm

Westminster vs. Pace Academy

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PAST CHAMPIONS

OPEN EVENT | 1993 – Woodward Academy • 1994 – Marist • 1995 – Westminster • 1996 – Woodward Academy • 1997 – Marist

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Westminster

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ourteen teams will make the journey from their respective courts to Marietta High School (Class AAAAAAA-AAAA) and Holy Innocents’ (Class AAA-A) to stake claim to seven state titles on Saturday. The field represents 36 past champions, six defending champions and five programs seeking first-ever titles — Etowah, Alpharetta, Pace Academy, Coosa and Mount Paran Christian.

THE TRAIN KEEPS ROLLING

In the state’s highest classification, the Walton Lady Raiders will be on the hunt for their 12th state title since 1998, their third title in a row and seventh of the last eight. Walton is one of the best teams in the country and is ranked second in the nation by MaxPreps. The Lady Raiders, who have only dropped one match this year (Mater Dei), swept Mill Creek (25-9, 25-23, 25-16) in the semifinals to earn the championship berth. Juniors Gabby Gonzales (19) and Reilly MacNeill (12) led in kills against Mill Creek and, on the season, have combined for 861 kills. On the opposite side of the net, Etowah seeks its first-ever title. The Lady Eagles got by Newnan (25-22, 26-24, 2523) to earn the trip to the finals.

ANOTHER ONE WANTS IN!

Defending champion Harrison will look to claim the third title in school history as it takes on Alpharetta in the Class AAAAAA finals. Har-

rison, which won titles in 2006 and last season, was taken to four sets by Pope in the semifinals. Kaylee Morris leads Harrison with 709 assists and averages 8.6 assists per set. Rosie McHugh and Meg Kastensmidt have combined for 422 kills on the season. Alpharetta will be vying for its first-ever volleyball title, and it should be an interesting matchup. Alpharetta leads Harrison in kills (13.4 per set to 10.9 per set) and total blocks (254 to 162), which could make a repeat tough for the Lady Hoyas.

WHO WILL GET TO THREE RINGS FIRST?

Two high-caliber teams highlight the Class AAAAA championship as McIntosh and Buford both have two state titles to their name. However, Buford, which features six seniors, has won two in a row and defeated McIntosh 3-1 in the championship last season. The Lady Chiefs, who defeated crosstown rival Starr’s Mill to earn the trip to Marietta, are led by two dynamic freshmen — Ngozi Iloh (6-foot1) and Erykah Lovett (5-foot-9) — who have combined for 502 kills. On the other bench, Buford, which defeated Riverwood to earn the championship berth, lost three matches this season, to Walton, Alpharetta and Wando (S.C.). The Lady Wolves average 12.1 kills per set and are led by seniors Tatum Shipes, Halston Hillier, Avery Cason and Morgan Sutherland, who have combined for 1,108 kills.

CHAMPIONSHIP PEDIGREES ABOUND

state as far from each other as they could possibly get. The Lady Eagles, who are vying for their first-ever title, hail from Rome. The Class AA defending-champion Lady Saints are from Savannah. But both will bring their game to Holy Innocents’ on Saturday. Coosa averages 10.5 kills per set to St. Vincent’s 8.9 kills per set, and the Lady Eagles are led by senior Taylor Roberts, who has 550 kills on the year. Sophomore Kasey Thacker added 321 kills to the mix, and Jordan Roberts has 175. St. Vincent’s is led in kills by sophomores Lizzie Horn (293) and Jessica Schwarz (178).

LOCAL RIVALS MEET AGAIN

After defeating Savannah Country Day in three straight sets (25-14, 25-13, 25-20), the Lady Cavaliers of Calvary Day will be looking for their third state title in a row. Mount Paran, which swept Walker in the semis, is competing in its first-ever state championship. Calvary Day averages more kills per set than Mount Paran (12.1 to 10.8) but the Lady Eagles lead in total blocks (198 to 34) and digs per set (19.2 to 12.6). Sarah-Hayes Farley leads in kills for Mount Paran (426) with Ciara Moore (215), Jordan Hough (141), Elizabeth Bowman (122) and Jillian Tucker (112) having an impact as well. Tynley Smeltzer (216), Sara Daniels (198) and Basia Peragine (183) lead in kills for Calvary Day. Photos courtesy of Harrison HS & Blessed Trinity

Marist and Blessed Trinity combine for 13 state championships and are set for a thrilling championship match on Saturday. Marist has seven titles, winning its first in 1994 and second in 1997 when the volleyball championships were an open event. In 1998 and 1999, Marist won the Class AAA title, and in 2000, 2006 and 2014, Marist took the Class AAAA crown. Blessed Trinity has the most recent dominance, however, as the Lady Titans won the Class AAA title in 2006 then hit their stride, winning five of the last seven they have competed in (2010, 2012, 2014-16). Just 1.5 miles separates the two Class AAA challengers, but the road to deciding the state champion will require a trip from West Paces Ferry Road to Holy Innocents’ for Pace Academy and Westminster. Westminster will be looking to repeat as the Class AAA champion, and Pace Academy is looking for its first-ever title. Pace moved past North Hall by winning three straight sets after dropping the first, 23-25. The Lady Wildcats were taken to five sets against Lovett in the semifinals before earning their ticket to the championship match.

A WHOLE STATE APART

The Coosa Lady Eagles and the St. Vincent’s Lady Saints come from areas of the

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hile the state finals are familiar to 11-time champion Walton, it’s the tradition of excellence that has bonded this year’s young and talented Raiders team. “It’s very exciting,”

Walton coach Suzanne Fitzgerald told the Marietta Daily Journal. “We have two seniors and seven juniors, but we have a whole barn full of young athletes who are gaining experience for the first time, and they’re becoming a part of it.” Opponents have been swept out during Walton’s path to the finals, including a 3-0 (25-9, 25-23, 25-16) victory over Mill Creek in Wednesday’s semifinals.GHSA Juniors Gabby Gonzales (19) and Reilly MacNeill (12) combined for 2017-2018 Class AAAAAAA State Volleyball Championship 31 of Walton’s 45 kills, while junior Caroline Cheney posted 41 assists in the three sets of acFinals - Marietta HS

tion. Two of Etowah’s six losses this year have come to Walton, including a 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-12) loss on Oct. 5. The Eagles will also need their underclassmen to rise to the challenge, and sophomore outside hitter Savannah Bray did so with a team-high 13 kills in Etowah’s semifinal victory over Newnan.

WALTON RAIDERS

Head Coach: Suzanne Fitzgerald

South Forsyth #8 Seed

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No. Name Pos. Gr. 1.............Molly Pember......................DS/L.............Jr. 2............Catherine Cheney............DS/L............Fr. 3/44....Emery Dupes.......................DS/L............Fr. 4............Sam Jones.............................S....................Sr. 5............Meghan Froemming.......MB/OH........Jr. 6............Jordan Rush.........................OH.................Jr. 7............Kendall O’ Brien.................DS/L.......... So. 8............Caroline Cheney...............S/RS.............Jr. 9............Reilly MacNeill...................MB.................Jr. 10..........Ashlyn Goolsby..................S/RS............Fr. 11...........Riley Spurlin........................RS..................Jr. 12/21....Madison Morey..................DS/L.......... So. 13..........Julia Davis.............................OH/DS........Fr. 14..........Phoebe Awoleye...............RS/MB..... So. 15..........Gabby Gonzales (C)........OH.................Jr. 16..........Katie Crocker (C)..............MB/RS.......Sr. 17..........Katie Strickland.................MB/RS..... So. 18..........Chandler Parker................OPP..............Fr. 19..........Paeton Stoner.....................DS.................Fr.

ETOWAH EAGLES

Head Coach: Kim Robertson No. Name

Pos. Gr.

1.............Madison Brady...................OH................Sr. 2............McKenna Redmond........DS.................Sr. 3............Savannah Bray...................OH.............. So. 4............Jessie Cohen.......................S....................Sr. 5............Sarah Lyerly.........................MH................Jr. 6............Emily Burrows....................MH/DS........Jr. 7............Savannah Kopp.................L/DS............Sr. 8............Nicole Ferris........................OH................Sr. 9............Taylor Sawdy.......................S.....................Jr. 10..........Nina Valasco.......................OH................Fr. 11...........Tori Ridgeway.....................MH................Jr. 12..........Lauren Ash...........................DS.................Fr. 14..........Emily Page............................MH............. So. 15..........Addy Voytek.........................MH/RH..... So. 16..........Brianna Garcia...................DS..................Jr.


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HARRISON HOYAS

Head Coach: Amber McClure No. Name Pos.

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lpharetta and Harrison meet in the Class AAAAAA finals for the second straight year.

3..................................................... Allie McInnis....................................DS............................................................ So.

The Hoyas took the title with a 3-1 win over Alpharetta a year ago and snapped their

4..................................................... Indigo Young...................................MB........................................................... So.

decade-long title drought in the process. For the Raiders, it was the program’s first-ever

5..................................................... Kaylee Morris..................................S.................................................................Sr.

finals appearance and added fuel for their run back to the championship stage. Alpharetta

6..................................................... Alana Simpson...............................MB..............................................................Jr.

attacks by committee, and it was evident in the semis as sophomores Nina Williams (14)

7..................................................... Kat Clausen......................................OH........................................................... So.

and Bria Plante (13) and seniors Sterling Hines (12) and Amara Anderson (8) combined

8..................................................... Hailey Crane....................................OH........................................................... So.

9..................................................... Eden York..........................................S.................................................................Fr. 2017-2018 GHSA Class AAAAAA State Volleyball Championship only meeting this season. Sophomore Indigo Young totaled three blocks and added three 10................................................... Camryn Bihary...............................L.................................................................Sr. for 47 of the team’s 58 kills. Harrison swept Alpharetta 2-0 (25-14, 25-14) in the schools’ kills, while Meg Kastensmidt (9) and Hailey Crane (8) combined for 17 of the team’s 22

11.................................................... Rosie McHugh................................OH........................................................... So.

kills. At libero, senior Camryn Bihary will wrap up her sensational varsity career. Last year,

12................................................... Josie Ramirez..................................OH.............................................................Fr.

she set Harrison’s single-season record for digs with 791, and her play this year earned

15................................................... Zaynah Mualem............................ROH...........................................................Jr.

her Area Player of the Year.

17................................................... Meg Kastensmidt.........................ROH..........................................................Sr.

Finals - Marietta HS

23.................................................. Savannah Whitford.....................DS...............................................................Jr.

ALPHARETTA RAIDERS Head Coach: Grace Fossier

Effingham County #8 Seed

Harrison Harrison

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5..................................................... Sterling Hines.................................OH.............................................................Sr.

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6..................................................... Amara Anderson...........................S.................................................................Sr.

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8..................................................... Riley Aiken........................................DS..............................................................Sr. 10................................................... Emily Bonfanti................................RS...............................................................Jr. 11.................................................... Evoni Lemons.................................OH.............................................................Fr. 12................................................... Reese Batley...................................DS..............................................................Sr.

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Glynn Academy

13................................................... Nina Williams.................................MB/OH.................................................. So. 14................................................... Katie Pepperman.........................RS..............................................................Sr.

#7 Seed

Alpharetta

#2 Seed

7..................................................... Cate Linsley.....................................RS...............................................................Jr. 9..................................................... Maya Rodgers................................OH.............................................................Sr.

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BUFORD WOLVES

Head Coach: Hadli Daniels No. Name

MCINTOSH CHIEFS

Head Coach: Wendy Mabon

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wo-time defending state champion Buford faces McIntosh in a rematch of its 3-1 finals 2............Mallory Martin....................DS..................Jr. 2............Bri Becerra...........................L....................Sr.

victory a year ago. Even without current Kentucky Wildcat and back-to-back Gatorade 3............Chloe Kerr.............................MB................Fr. 3............Lynsey Hamblin.................S....................Sr. State Player of the Year Gabby Curry, Buford has succeeded in upholding its dominance. 4............Kenzie Harms.....................DS.................Sr.

4............Olivia Stewart.....................DS.................Sr.

Seniors Tatum Shipes, Halston Hillier and Avery Cason provide the Wolves with tremen- 5............Stella Alverson...................S....................Sr. 5............Blaise deGolian..................DS..................Jr. dous versatility and power. The trio has accounted for 11 of every 12 Buford kills this 7............Izzy Manso............................OH.............. So. season, and the Wolves have a lot (1,285). (49) isState just oneVolleyball of the six Buford players 8............Halston Hillier.....................MB................Sr. 2017-2018 GHSA Class Shipes AAAAA Championship

6............Jessie Doyal.........................OH/S......... So. 7............Ngozi Iloh..............................MB................Fr.

with more than 32 aces this year, and the trio of Shipes, Hillier and Cason has totaled 200 10..........Morgan Sutherland.........OH................Sr. Finals - Marietta HS 8............Erykah Lovett......................OH................Fr. blocks on the defensive end. McIntosh’s star power has been bolstered by freshmen out- 11...........Avery Cason.........................MB................Sr.

9............Reagan Corley....................RS/OH...... So.

side hitters Ngozi Iloh and Erykah Lovett this season. The duo overwhelmed Starr’s Mill 12..........Gabbie Hogle......................S.....................Jr. in the semifinals with 24 kills and continues to get chances thanks to the well-executed 14..........Julieanne Saliba................DS..................Jr. 10..........Casey Raschen..................MB................Sr. passing from seniors Lynsey Hamblin and Finn Millians.

16..........Sydney Kori..........................DS..................Jr.

11...........Jonna Knight.......................RS............... So.

17..........Ansley Lyle...........................OH.................Jr. 12..........Caroline Cameron............DS.................Sr. 18..........Emily Gilbert........................RS..................Jr. 13..........Finn Millians........................S/RS............Sr.

Carrollton

21..........Tatum Shipes......................OH................Sr. 14..........Claire Lewis.........................S....................Fr.

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lessed Trinity began the season as No. 1 and has a chance to finish as state champion.

1...................................................... Kara Gandy......................................RS/OH......................................................Jr.

The Lady Titans are looking for their seventh state title in nine seasons and entered

2..................................................... Cameron Dames...........................OH.............................................................Sr.

the finals after a 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 26-24) semifinals win over Woodward Academy at

3..................................................... Grace Gunning...............................S............................................................... So.

home. Courtney Finkle led the team with 14 kills in the semis win, and Anna MacDonald contributed 19 kills. Blessed Trinity comes into the matchup with 469 aces, MacDonald

4..................................................... Natalie Selover..............................DS...............................................................Jr. 5..................................................... Krista McNamara..........................OH.............................................................Sr. 6..................................................... Ella Gunning....................................DS..............................................................Fr.

8..................................................... Rachel Johnson.............................S............................................................... So. 2017-2018 GHSA Class AAAA State Volleyball Championship 9..................................................... Kaila Dowd.......................................DS..............................................................Fr.

with 114. But Marist has had a fantastic season as well, playing its best volleyball down the stretch. The Lady War Eagles have had success against Blessed Trinity this season, win-

- Marietta ning 2-0 on Sept. 19 and 3-1 in the Area finals,Finals both on itsHS home floor. Marist defeated

longtime rival St. Pius X in the semifinals 3-0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-18) on the strength of

10................................................... Kailin Taggart.................................MB/RS.................................................. So. 11.................................................... Jacque Boney.................................MB.............................................................Fr. 12................................................... Carli Bowen.....................................RS/S.........................................................Fr.

.471 hitting by Hannah Marier, who also had nine kills. The team had 38 kills in the win

14................................................... Hannah Marier...............................MB/RS....................................................Sr.

and averages 13.7 kills per game.

15................................................... Mia Stander.....................................L.................................................................Sr.

BLESSED TRINITY TITANS Head Coach: Paul Stevens

Richmond Academy #8 Seed

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2..................................................... Marissa Hall.....................................DS..............................................................Sr.

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3..................................................... Anna MacDonald..........................L..................................................................Jr.

Northside, Columbus #5 Seed

4..................................................... Vanessa Aehl..................................DS..............................................................Sr.

St Pius St Pius

6..................................................... Abbie Granson...............................DS............................................................ So.

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Hardaway #7 Seed

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9..................................................... Charlotte Dempsey.....................OH/RH......................................................Jr. 10................................................... Alyssa Kuroski...............................OH.............................................................Sr.

Woodward Academy

#3 Seed

7..................................................... Courtney Finkle.............................OH.............................................................Sr. 8..................................................... Mackenzie Todd............................S.................................................................Sr.

Runner-Up

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14................................................... Faith Daniel......................................OH/RH................................................... So. 15................................................... Ainsley Hartman...........................S............................................................... So. 16................................................... Grace Van Buren...........................MH............................................................Fr. 17................................................... Alyssa Parodi..................................MH.......................................................... So.

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WESTMINSTER WILDCATS Head Coach: Catherine Zidow

No. Name Pos. Gr. 1. ..................................................... Claire Zhou.......................................DS............................................................ So. estminster played the only five-set semifinals match on Wednesday, outlasting 2..................................................... Lexi Saulny.......................................L/DS.........................................................Sr. Lovett 3-2 (25-12, 20-25, 26-24, 19-25, 15-10). The Lady Wildcats got 30 kills, four 3..................................................... Maggie McSwain..........................MB/OPP..................................................Jr. blocks and .396 hitting from outside hitter Gabi Dolan, and libero Lexi Saulny contributed 4..................................................... Betsy Moore....................................S/DS....................................................... So. 5..................................................... Chloe Emch......................................S.................................................................Fr. 16 digs in the win. OH Mary Emily Morgan was strong with 17 kills, and setter Chloe Emch 6..................................................... Sasha Fuson....................................MB..............................................................Jr. 7..................................................... Alix Nail..............................................OH/DS.....................................................Sr. had 59 assists. Westminster will face another rival in Pace Academy in the finals, and the 8..................................................... Emily Hansen..................................MB..............................................................Jr. Lady Knights were tested in a 3-1 (23-25, 25-14, 26-24, 26-24) win on the road at North 10................................................... Claire Emch......................................S............................................................... So. 2017-2018 GHSA Class AAA State Volleyball Championship 11.................................................... Caroline Glahn...............................OH........................................................... So. Hall. Pace Academy withstood North Hall set points at 24-22 in both the third and fourth 12................................................... Gabi Dolan........................................OH.............................................................Sr. Finals - Holy Innocents' sets, rallying to score four straight points in each frame. Pace amassed 78 digs with 15 13................................................... Soumia Vellanki............................MB.............................................................Fr. 14................................................... Izzy Sumardi....................................OH/S.........................................................Jr. aces in the win, and setter Kalissa Greene racked up 43 assists. Pace has beaten Westmin- 15................................................... Lauren Carpinella........................DS..............................................................Sr. 16................................................... Elena Karas......................................MB.............................................................Fr. ster twice this season, both times in August, 2-0 and 3-1. The teams started the season No. 18................................................... Mary Emily Morgan.....................OH/S........................................................Fr. 19................................................... Ansley McNeal...............................DS...............................................................Jr. 1 and No. 2 in the polls with Westminster on top.

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Calhoun #8 Seed

Head Coach: Anna Bush

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No. Name Pos.

3-0

#1 Seed

H

Gr.

1...................................................... Dominique Turner........................DS/L....................................................... So.

Westminster

GAC

2..................................................... Nicole Petrosky.............................DS...............................................................Jr.

#5 Seed

Westminster Westminster #4 Seed

3-2

3..................................................... Cameron Perchik..........................S/DS.........................................................Sr.

3-0

Champion

H

Oct. 21

Oct. 25

4..................................................... Davis Mathis....................................S/DS..........................................................Jr. 5..................................................... Meggie Steiger..............................OH/DS.....................................................Sr.

Oct. 28

6..................................................... Marissa Schwarz..........................DS..............................................................Sr. Jackson County

Runner-Up

#6 Seed

Pace Academy Pace Academy #3 Seed

3-1

Pace Academy

Savannah Arts #7 Seed

North Hall North Hall #2 Seed

8..................................................... Alexandra Baker...........................OH..............................................................Jr.

3-0 H

3-0 H

7..................................................... Paige Fleming................................DS/OH......................................................Jr. 9..................................................... Hannah Pace..................................DS/OH.....................................................Fr. 10................................................... Kalissa Greene...............................S.................................................................Fr. 11.................................................... Ada Jane Agolli..............................OH........................................................... So.

H

12................................................... Sophie Beck....................................MB..............................................................Jr. 13................................................... Lily Reckford...................................OP/S..........................................................Jr. 15................................................... Lucy Ferry.........................................OP/MB.................................................. So.

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ST. VINCENT’S SAINTS

CLASS AA

C

Head Coach: Katie Broderick

No. Name

Pos. Gr. No. Name

lass AA features an intriguing championship rematch for St. Vincent’s and Coosa, as 1.............Selena Quick.......................S.................. So. St. Vincent’s took the title last season in three sets. St. Vincent’s is looking for its third 3............Dylan Herb............................S....................Sr.

title overall after sweeping Chattooga 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-14) on its home floor in Savannah in the semifinals. Middle hitter Emma Wyman had nine kills with three blocks and just one error, and outside hitter Lizzie Horn also had nine kills and 12 digs. St. Vincent’s

COOSA EAGLES

Head Coach: Nic Hann Pos. Gr.

1.............Kasey Thacker....................MB.............. So.

7............Sophie Winters..................MH............. So. 2............Marley White.......................DS..................Jr. 8............Lizzie Horn............................OH.............. So. 9............Jessica Schwarz................OH.............. So.

3............Jenna Reynolds.................DS............... So.

10..........Chloé Maier..........................RH.................Jr. 5............Jordan Roberts..................OH.............. So.

got strong defense from libero Meagan VoylesAA and State defensive specialist Lindsey Hawk in 11...........Lindsey Hawk.....................DS..................Jr. 2017-2018 GHSA Class Volleyball Championship the win. Both teams have rolled through the playoffs without dropping a set, and Coosa 12..........Grace O’Hayer.....................RH.............. So.

8............Brinley Smith......................S.................. So.

Finals - Holy Innocents' 10..........Katie Brock...........................RS.................Sr. handled Rome rival Armuchee for the fifth time this season on Wednesday to make the fi- 13..........Ann Bell..................................RH................Sr.

14..........Emma Wyman....................MH...............Sr. 11...........Makayla Nichols...............RS..................Jr. 15..........Meagan Voyles..................L....................Sr. 11 kills, six aces and six blocks, and setter Brinley Smith put up 32 assists, 11 digs and 13..........Debra Barker.......................L.....................Jr. 16..........Anna Eaton...........................OH.............. So. nals. In Coosa’s 3-0 (25-9, 25-9, 25-12) victory, middle blocker Taylor Roberts contributed

eight aces.

21..........Emma Cowart.....................MH...............Fr. 15..........Taylor Roberts....................MB................Sr. 23.........Addie Bradley.....................RB.................Sr. 18..........Ashlee Bailey......................OH.............. So. 24.........Catherine Moore...............OH................Fr.

Rabun County #8 Seed

St Vincent's St Vincent's #1 Seed

29.........Jamie Sharpley...................RH................Sr. 24.........Gracie Shumate.................OH.................Jr.

3-0 H

3-0 H

St Vincent's

Harlem

#5 Seed

Chattooga Chattooga

3-0

#4 Seed

Champion

H

Oct. 21

Oct. 25

Oct. 28

Westside, Augusta

Runner-Up

#6 Seed

Armuchee Armuchee #3 Seed

3-1 H

Coosa

Jordan

#7 Seed

Coosa Coosa

#2 Seed

3-0 H

3-0 H

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GHSA 2017 STATE VOLLEYBALL FINALS

CLASS A

C

alvary Day won a Savannah battle over Savannah Country Day 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 2520) in the semifinals to give it a shot at three straight titles. On Wednesday, the Lady

Cavaliers had strong showings from outside hitter Tynley Smeltzer (9 digs, 7 kills, 2 aces), libero Madison Sprosty (8 digs, 4 aces) and middle hitter Sara Daniels (5 kills, 3 blocks, 3 digs). OH Helen Chisolm (7 digs, 5 aces, 3 kills) also starred for Calvary Day. These two

State Championship teams have 2017-2018 not faced each GHSA other thisClass season,Aand MountVolleyball Paran is a newcomer to the state finals. Mount Paran got a great overall team performance against Walker in the Finals - Holy Innocents' semifinals, with setter Jillian Tucker contributing 31 assists and 11 digs, outside hitter Sarah-Hayes Farley adding 14 kills and 10 digs and Sara Armstrong getting 17 digs; the team had 76 digs and 12 blocks overall. Calvary Day entered the playoffs at No. 1 (where it began the season), and Mount Paran was No. 3.

MOUNT PARAN EAGLES

Brookstone

Head Coach: Selina Chancy

#8 Seed

Mount Paran Mount Paran #1 Seed

3-0

No. Name

H

3-0 H

Walker

3............Jillian Tucker........................S....................Sr.

3-0

Champion

H

Oct. 21 Savannah Country Day #6 Seed

Oct. 25

Oct. 28

3-1

#3 Seed

Calvary Day

#7 Seed

Calvary Day

#2 Seed

8............Jordan Hough.....................MB.................Jr. 9............Beth Bowman.....................RS/MB..... So.

H

St Francis

Calvary Day

5............Renee’ Dockins..................DS............... So. 7............Sarah-Hayes Farley.........OH.................Jr.

Runner-Up Savannah Country Day

Hebron Christian

Pos. Gr. No. Name

3-1 H

Pos. Gr.

2............Bella Ferary..........................OH/DS...... So. 4............Helen Chisolm....................OH/DS.........Jr.

#5 Seed

#4 Seed

Head Coach: Hannah Hunter

1.............Angel Ferary........................DS............... So. 3............Madison Sprosty...............L.....................Jr.

Mount Paran

Mount de Sales

Walker

CALVARY DAY CAVALIERS

3-0 H

10..........Amelia Pulley......................RS/DS....... So.

5............Alana White.........................DS.................Fr. 6............Morgan Pearson...............OPP/OH.....Sr. 7............Abbey Peek..........................OPP...............Jr. 8............Gracyn Bennett..................OH................Fr. 14..........Basia Peragine...................MB.................Jr. 16..........Sara Daniels........................MB................Sr. 17..........Susannah Fowler.............S....................Sr.

14..........Hannah Pulley....................MB.............. So. 19..........Caitlyn Baker.......................S.....................Jr. 15..........Ciara Moore.........................OH.................Jr. 21..........Tynley Smeltzer.................OH................Fr. 21..........Sara Armstrong.................L....................Sr. 24.........Charity Carter.....................MB.................Jr.

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