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Volleyball Team Sweeps Pool Then Falls in Playoffs
August 14th, 2010

Inconsistency held back the girls volleyball team during Saturday's play at the Sequoyah Tournament.  The team opened with a much improved Wheeler squad.  Ella Anastasiades led the way with 18 digs and a 2.4 serve receive rating.  Meanwhile a balanced offensive attack was led by Leah Hardeman, Alex Bidgood and Emily Morrison.  The pool play sweep was completed with a victory over Ringgold, ranked 6th in the state at AAA.  The team won game one easily 25-18 and was on the verge of falling in game 2 down 19-23 when they rallied to score the final 6 points of the match to put it away.  Emily Morrison was the dominant player in the match picking up 12 kills.  Leah Hardeman continued her strong play with 6 kills, 2 aces and 9 digs.  The single elimination tournament saw the team face the #6 ranked team in AAAAA, Kennesaw Mountain.  The Mustangs controlled the match from the start.  The blocking of Kallen Arvidson was one of the few highlights for the Golden Lions as she had a part in 5 blocks.  It was not enough, however, as inconsistent hitting and serve receive held back the team.  The volleyball team returns to action with their first games in area play on Tuesday at North Springs.  The first home game of the season is Thursday when they open with defending state champion Woodward Academy.

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