Sequoyah coach John Edwards said that since McIntosh was the No. 1 team throughout the season, and his team hadn’t done anything to prove it was better, he expected the second spot.
“That’s what I thought we would get getting in,” he said. “It was pretty much the way I thought it would be.”
As the No. 2 seed, the Lady Chiefs will host Glynn Academy on Saturday, although the time of the match has not yet been decided.
Sequoyah is holding its homecoming this weekend, and a dance is schedule to take place Saturday night in the school’s gym, so Edwards hopes to hold the match early in the day.
Should Sequoyah (38-4) beat Area 3AAAAA champion Glynn Academy (33-11), it would host again in the semifinals against either No. 3 Dunwoody or No. 6 Apalachee.
But Edwards isn’t looking that far ahead.
“We haven’t been that high in a while,” the coach said of the Lady Chiefs’ No. 2 ranking, “so it’s really good for our kids to get that after working so hard, but obviously we still have to play well no matter what seed we are to keep advancing.”
River Ridge (37-10), the only other Cherokee County team to reach the quarterfinal round, will also find itself playing at least another match at home.
The Lady Knights were awarded the No. 3 seed in Class AAAA and will host Walnut Grove on Saturday. Should River Ridge win, it would then play either No. 2 Marist or No. 7 Walnut Grove.
Columbus is the top seed in Class AAAA.
While River Ridge and Sequoyah were awaiting the news of their seedings for the championship bracket, Creekview was recuperating after failing to pull its second upset.
The Lady Grizzlies (25-23) saw their season come to an end when they fell to defending Class AAAAA state champion Whitewater in Tuesday’s second round (23-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-23, 17-15).
Creekview upset top-seeded Harris County in the second round and looked to pull off a similar feat in the second round after winning the first two sets of the best-of-five match.
Whitewater, however, came back, even though the decisive fifth set went to a tiebreaker. It was the furthest into postseason play that the Lady Grizzlies had ever gone.
Lori Estes led Creekview with 46 assists, eight digs and two blocks in the match. Katie Creger added 13 kills and a pair of aces, while Sarah Schwarzman had five kills, six blocks and three aces.
Also key were Courtney O’Connor (19 kills, 12 digs), Bailey Johnson (14 digs) and Kaley Edgar (16 digs, five kills, four aces).