Sequoyah leads county’s contingent in volleyball
by Emily Horos
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Lauren Hartman has been one of many contributors to Sequoyah’s success this season, with the Lady Chiefs’ 23 wins ranking second in the county behind Class AAAA upstart River Ridge. And while the Lady Knights have 28 wins, two of their losses came to the more established program at Sequoyah.
<BR>Staff photo by Kelly J. Huff
Lauren Hartman has been one of many contributors to Sequoyah’s success this season, with the Lady Chiefs’ 23 wins ranking second in the county behind Class AAAA upstart River Ridge. And while the Lady Knights have 28 wins, two of their losses came to the more established program at Sequoyah.
Staff photo by Kelly J. Huff
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Sequoyah’s powerful volleyball team has pushed its winning streak to 13 matches and sees no signs of slowing down.

The Lady Chiefs (23-4, 7-1 Area 7AAAAA) have lost just four matches this season. Many of their victories — including area wins over Forsyth Central, Creekview, Pope, Cambridge, Osborne, Riverwood and Sprayberry — have been straight-set victories.

Sequoyah coach John Edwards said his team won’t be letting up any time soon.

“We are looking to keep improving each day and be as prepared as we can for our remaining matches,” he said. “The good thing about this year has been that we have had multiple people step up in different matches to help us be successful.”

Edwards singled out the play of setter Logan Page and outside hitter Kali Jones, but said that, more times than not, the entire team has factored into a successful match.

“It has really been a total team effort that starts by how hard they work in practice,” he said. “How they push each other to get better.”

Sequoyah, which hasn’t lost since Sept. 10, is currently second in the area standings behind North Springs (17-9, 4-0), which the Lady Chiefs will play Oct. 1. The Lady Chiefs’ lone area loss came at the hands of Northview, which is fifth in the standings.

Also in Area 7AAAAA, Creekview (17-11, 5-1) has won six of its last seven matches, with the loss coming against Sequoyah. The Lady Grizzlies have looked to players such as Lori Estes, Sarah Schwarzman and Kelsey Wade and Katie Creger to be staples in the lineup.

River Ridge (28-7, 6-0 Area 6AAAA) has also put together an impressive run. The Lady Knights have won 23 of their last 24 matches, with the loss coming against Sequoyah in the championship of the Georgia Tournament of Champions.

During their streak of success, the Lady Knights have lost just three sets, including two against Sequoyah. All of the success came after River Ridge started the season 5-6.

The Lady Knights have finished the area portion of their schedule and will be the No. 1 seed when the 6AAAA tournament begins Oct. 10. In the meantime, they will play Sprayberry and Walker today before preparing for the county tournament next week.

In Area 4AAAAAA, Etowah and Woodstock have positioned themselves behind the front-runner and defending Class AAAAAA state champion, Walton. Roswell is tied with Etowah for second, while Woodstock and Lassiter are tied for fifth

The Lady Eagles (21-10, 3-1) split a pair of matches with Woodstock and Walton on Tuesday night.

Coach Kim Robertson said her team benefits from strong serving, a solid defense and multiple scoring threats.

Senior libero Allie Elson anchors the back row, while sophomore Madaline Gilmer contributes. Outside hitters Jenna Lea and Natalie Lucco provide the firepower. Senior middle hitter Taylor Kimber and junior Kylie Blanton add blocking ability and a scoring punch, with sophomores Paige Horton and Sydney Hotaling have also proving themselves.

“I think we are definitely contending for one of the top spots to advance (to the state playoffs),” Robertson said. “This team is very exciting to watch and I am expecting a strong finish as we head to the final third of the season.”

The top five teams in Area 4AAAAAA will advance to the state tournament.

Woodstock (23-9, 2-2) lost to both Etowah and Walton on Tuesday night. Prior to that, the Lady Wolverines had won nine of their last 10 matches.

Cherokee (7-13, 0-3) is at the bottom of the area with Wheeler. The Lady Warriors, who have just two wins over Class AAAAAA opponents, play Norcross today.
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