Mill Creek High School's Ashley Issac tips the ball over the heads of Harrison High School's blockers during the second round of the AAAAA state tournament. Photo by Lindsay Fendt
SAVANNAH -- Wesleyan kept its postseason alive on Tuesday with a win in five games over Savannah Country Day in the second round of the Class AA/A state playoffs.
The match got off to a rough start for the Wolves as Savannah Country Day won the first two games 26-24, 25-23. Wesleyan (32-15) fought back with wins in Games 3 and 4 (25-19 and 25-22) and closed out the comeback with a decisive 15-4 win in the finale.
Anna Davis led Wesleyan in kills with 14, while Alana Broe followed up with 11. Callie Bivings guided the attack with 45 assists and 18 digs, while Hannah Hoskin added 11 digs and eight kills. Jennifer Miller also had a solid night with 32 digs.
Wesleyan will play again on Saturday in the quarterfinals. Its opponent will be determined today after the remaining eight teams are reseeded.
East Coweta edges Parkview
SHARPSBURG -- After a win in the first round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs over Beach last Thursday, Parkview's bid for a second-round upset just missed on Tuesday as the Panthers fell to East Coweta in five games.
Parkview took the first game 25-23, with the Indians bouncing back in Game 2 25-13. The Panthers took a 2-1 lead in the match with a 25-10 win in the third game, but East Coweta forced a tie-braeking match by winning Game 4 25-10.
The fifth and final game went to East Coweta 15-9, sending the Indians (27-15) to the quarterfinals, while Parkview ended its season 18-26.
Several players delivered strong performances on Tuesday, led by Riley Weyher with 15 kills and 14 digs and Justice Davis with 11 digs, 10 aces and four kills. Other standouts for the Panthers were Daron Blankenship (27 digs), Victoria Petrassi (20 assists, two aces), Diamond Waldon (five kills, two blocks) and Courtney Duck (five kills, 2.5 blocks).
Mill Creek falls to Harrison
KENNESAW -- Top-ranked Harrison proved to be too strong for Mill Creek as the Hoyas swept the Hawks three games to none (25-16, 25-5, 25-11) in the second round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs on Tuesday night.
Harrison (43-4), now winners of 15 in a row, advance to the quarterfinals while Mill Creek, which entered Tuesday ranked eighth, finished its season at 35-15.
Mill Creek seniors Kim Brody, Ashley Isaac and Jordan Rooks closed out their prep careers with five kills from Brody, four kills from Isaac and 10 digs by Rooks.
Walton sweeps Mountain View
MARIETTA -- Top-ranked Walton proved to be too strong for Mountain View on Tuesday night as the Raiders swept the Bears in three games 25-7, 25-13, 25-8 in the second round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs.
Mountain View, which finished second in Area 7-AAAAA in reaching the playoffs for the first time in school history, has come a long way in its short three-year history. Tuesday's loss brought the Bears' record to 23-25, a program that did not win a single game in any match during its first season two years ago.
Buford downed in second round
MCDONOUGH -- Buford's playoff run ended on Tuesday night as the Wolves were swept in the second round of the Class AA/A state tournament by Eagle's Landing Christian 25-10, 25-13, 25-14.
Buford, which finished with a 24-14 record, received nine digs, seven kills and three aces from Maggie Roper, 10 digs and three kills from Jessica Falletta and 13 assists from Bailey Hicks.
Hebron nips Jefferson
JEFFERSON -- Hebron advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class AA/A state tournament on Tuesday with a win in five games over Jefferson.
After dropping the opener 26-24, Hebron took control of the match with identical 25-22 wins in the next two games but Jefferson forced a fifth game by taking Game 4 25-19. Hebron closed out the match with a 15-12 win in the finale.
Leaders for the Lions (28-19) were Eden Murray with 19 kills, Mollie Russell with nine kills and seven blocks, Bridgette Oduro with five blocks, Maddi Roof with seven kills and Savannah Blalock with 30 assists. Today's reseeding of the remaining eight teams will determine Hebron's next opponent, which will be played on Saturday.
-- Compiled by Scott Smith