Saturday, the Lady Gator volleyball team traveled to Union Grove HS to take on the Whitewater Wildcats in the first round of the state playoffs.
"In the first game, nerves played a big factor because the girls struggled to pass or defend the hitter's attack," said Head Coach Alesia Gibson. The Gators would lose the first set by the score of 25-10. However, in the second set, the Lady Gators would come out fighting and even lead 7-2 at one point of the game. But in the end, the Lady Wildcats would go on the win that game 25-15, and take the third set 25-6 in order to win the match. "Even though we lost, Gator Nation should be proud of these young ladies and their accomplishment for representing Region 2-AAAAA as third seed," said Coach Gibson. "They played hard and left everything on the court. For one example, Trinity Norwood, a sophomore, dove towards the score table and made a saving pass over the net and the girls would go on and win that point. Now that was an ESPN DaDaDa DaDaDa highlight. As a team, we will take this experience and build on it for next year," said Coach Gibson.
We (Coach Gibson and the Lady Gators) would like to say, "THANK YOU," to all our parents and fans that traveled up to support us and the fans that supported us throughout our entire season. We would also like to give a big shout to one of our former Lady Gators, Sutton Rollins, for traveling over from Dalton State in order to support her ex-teammates in the state playoffs. As of now, the Statesboro Lady Blue Devils (2-AAAAA Region Champs), are the only team from Region 2 to advance to the second round of the state playoffs. We would like to wish Coach Bob Massee and the Lady Devils luck for the rest of the playoffs.
Trinity Norwood – 1 kill
Kennia Kirksey – 1 ace
Mikayla Tyre – 2 kills
Grace Sirmons – 1 assist
Valencia Baker – 1 assist
Kiersten Thrift – 1 block
Kayla Bunch – 1 dig
Maddy Harwell – 1 dig
D'Najah Boyd - 1 block
Arellia Fuentez – 1 dig
(L-R) Sitting: Janaiza Daniels, Princess Alston, Valencia Baker, Arellia "Dot" Fuentez Zhane' Ellis
(L-R) Middle Row: Trinity Norwood, Saniya Patterson, Kayla Bunch, Maddy Harwell, Kennia Kirksey
(L-R) Standing Back Row: D'Najah Boyd, Mikayla Tyre, Sutton Rollins, Kiersten Thrift, Grace Sirmons
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