The Lady Chiefs were ranked No. 13 after their 13-0 start to the season. The only other program from Georgia to make the list was Marist (10-1), which fell three spots to 25th after losing to Dunwoody.
Sequoyah coach John Edwards said it was nice that his team was recognized, but it’s hard to put much stock in rankings when the teams don’t meet head-to-head.
“It’s an honor to be mentioned in the poll, but as a team, we don’t really talk about what our rankings are,” Edwards said. “We talk about how we can get better and how hard we work, because those are the things we can control. We can’t really control how a person ranks you. It’s a big honor to be recognized for what we have done so far, but it’s not something we talk about or bring up.”
According to the MaxPreps website, the rankings are determined by a computer application, but the poll is confined to programs that store their results in the MaxPreps database. The system values quality wins and strength of schedule, while playoff victories are considered twice as valuable.
The volleyball poll is updated three times a week during the season.
“A lot of the teams on there have been on there for a long time, and they are deserving of it,” Edwards said. “They are quality teams.”
Atop the top 25 are St. James Academy (Lenexa, Kan.), Carroll (Southlake, Texas), Dike-New Hartford (Dike, Iowa), St. Francis (Wheaton, Ill.) and La Salle (Pasadena Calif.).
Last fall, Sequoyah played McIntosh for the Class AAAAA state championship, and though the Lady Chiefs lost in four sets, they still finished with a record of 40-5.
Already this year, Sequoyah achieved something it hadn’t previously done, when it won the Sequoyah Classic in August.
Edwards said the Lady Chiefs’ goal is to improve with each match and put themselves in the position to play for the state title again.
They will get an opportunity to face some out-of-state competition this weekend, traveling to play at the Ironman Tournament in Huntsville, Ala. The Lady Chiefs will be a part of a pool with three teams from Alabama — Grissom, Vestavia and Hazel Green — that they will play Friday.
The top team in that pool will advance to another pool Saturday morning, with the hope of then moving on to play for the tournament title that evening.
Edwards said teams travel hundreds of miles to participate in the tournament, and many are ranked in their respective states.
“It will be some pretty good competition,” Edwards said.
Sequoyah will have a final tuneup for the Huntsville tournament today, when it host Lambert today.