Woodstock, Etowah make playoffs
by Adam Carrington
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October 13, 2013 01:24 AM | 1356 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MILTON — Woodstock and Etowah survived Saturday’s Area 4AAAAAA tournament at Milton and will be the area’s No. 4 and No. 5 seeds, respectively, when the Class AAAAAA state tournament gets under way Thursday.

Walton won its fourth straight area title, though it needed five sets to beat Roswell 25-19, 20-25, 22-25, 25-17, 15-11. Lassiter ended up as the No. 3 seed.

Woodstock and Etowah climbed through the consolation bracket after falling in the main bracket Thursday, with the Lady Wolverines having to play an extra match, and they faced one another in the second round for an assured trip to the state playoffs.

After losing its previous two meetings with Etowah — with both matches going to a third set — Woodstock won another three-set battle Saturday beating the Lady Eagles 25-22, 23-25, 25-23.

Woodstock then fell to the No. 4 seed after losing to Lassiter 25-20, 26-24, and it will play at Area 5AAAAAA champion Johns Creek in the first round Thursday.

“First of all, Etowah is across the street, and it’s always a battle,” Woodstock coach Anita Dodd said. “We came out hard and came out fast. Our goal was to take them out and move up the latter.

“It could have gone the other way (against Lassiter) and, unfortunately, it wasn’t us.”

Woodstock had leads in both sets against Lassiter, but it couldn’t hold on.

Riley McBay led the Lady Wolverines with six kills, while Christin Endler and Sierra Griffin each finished with four. Kayla Ousley came away with 2½ blocks.

Etowah had one last chance to secure a playoff spot after falling to its Towne Lake rival, when it faced Milton in an elimination match for the fifth seed. The Lady Eagles went into a lapse following a strong opening set, but they came on strong in the third to win 25-18, 20-25, 25-21.

Etowah adjusted in the third set by becoming more aggressive on the front row, a tactic that worked well in the opening set. It also served better in the third, with Allie Elson and Sydney Hotaling winning a combined eight points on serve to help them pull away.

“We were playing not to lose (in the second set),” Etowah coach Kim Robertson said. “We were tipping and not hitting. When we play like we’re capable of, we’re a strong team.”

Jenna Lea lead Etowah with seven kills, Natalie Lucco ended up with six and Taylor Kimber had four.

Etowah will travel to face Area 8AAAAAA champion Norcross in the first round.
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