First round Class AAAAA volleyball state playoff victories by Lakeside and Tucker gives DeKalb County three teams playing in the second round of the state volleyball playoffs as they join Class AAAA Chamblee.
The Lakeside Lady Vikings (27-6) made it two consecutive playoff wins over Lithia Springs (12-8) with a 3-1 victory on Thursday at Lakeside. Lakeside rallied from a 22-20 deficit in the fourth set to win 25-23 to seal the first round victory over Lithia Springs.
The Lady Vikings used a 5-0 run to take a 7-1 lead on the way to an opening set win of 25-15 to grab the early lead. Lithia Springs rallied to within 15-14, but Lakeside behind the play up front by Gloria McGoldrick, Emma Wakeman and Raven Smith went on a 10-1 run to secure the win. The trio used good timing against Lithia Springs for some solid blocks and also used some nice sets by Amy Vansant to put away points.
Lithia Springs used a 6-0 run while leading 12-11 to pull away in the second set on the way to a 25-16 victory to even the match at one set apiece. Lakeside opened the third set with McGoldrick serving the Lady Vikings to a 7-0 start behind an ace two nice touch shots by Vansant and another by Wakeman on the way to relatively easy 25-12 win for a 2-1 advantage.
Lithia Springs would not go away easily in the fourth set battling in a see-saw game to finally go up by the 22-20 margin. A bad serve into the net pulled Lakeside with one at 22-21 and McGoldrick served for three points, one coming on a kill by Wakeman, to give Lakeside a 24-22 lead.
Lithia Springs cut it to 24-23, but the Lady Vikings broke serve for the victory.
Lakeside will host Houston County (28-12) on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m.
in the second round. Houston County, the No. 2 seed from Area 2, advanced with a 3-1 win over Union Grove.
Tucker (29-12) handed North Paulding (28-3) just its third loss on the season rallying from a 1-0 deficit with three straight set victories in the 3-1 win at North Paulding on Thursday.
North Paulding won a tight 25-22 opening set before Tucker tied it at 1-1 with its own 25-22 victory in the second set. Tucker went on to win the next two sets 25-19 and 25-21 to secure a spot in the second round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs.
Tucker moves on by traveling to Harris County (21-9) which advanced with a
3-2 victory over Warner Robins. The teams are set for a 6 p.m. match on Tuesday.
The Chamblee Lady Bulldogs advanced to the second round of the Class AAAA volleyball state playoffs with a 3-1 win at home against Alexander.
Chamblee (22-17) advances to play No. 6 ranked Veterans (33-5) at Warner Robins on Tuesday (Oct. 23) at 6 p.m. Veterans, the No. 1 seed from Area 1-AAAA, defeated Richmond Academy 3-0 to advance. A time for the second round match will be announced later.
Redan (23-8) did not fare as well as Chamblee as they lost a 3-0 decision to Carrollton (25-8-1) to end the Lady Raiders' season. Redan was the No. 3 seed out of Area 5-AAAA.
Class AAAA State Playoffs Results
Wednesday, Oct. 17
Chamblee (22-17) 3, Alexander (4-20-1) 1 Carrollton (25-8-1) 3, Redan (23-8) 0
Class AAAAA State Playoffs Results
Thursday, Oct. 18
Hiram (31-9) 3, Dunwoody (20-23) 2
Lakeside (27-6) 3, Lithia Springs (12-8) 1 Tucker (29-14) 3, North Paulding (28-3) 1
Volleyball State Playoffs Schedule
Tuesday, Oct. 23
Class AAAA Second Round
Chamblee (22-17) at Veterans (33-5), 6 p.m.
Class AAAA Second Round
Houston Co. (28-12) at Lakeside (27-6), 6:30 p.m.
Tucker (29-14) at Harris Co. (21-9), 6 p.m.