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Tiger volleyball ends season in playoffs round 1
Senior Lady Tiger Quintunya Chapman leaps for the spike in Thursday’s home match in the first round of state volleyball playoffs. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon

If the North Cobb High School Lady Warriors are an indication of what Quad A volleyball is like in North Georgia, then volleyball must reign supreme there. The Bradwell Lady Tigers, ranked second in Region 3-AAAAA, hosted the Warrior girls who came in as the number three seed of 5-AAAAA.

North Cobb took one hour to sweep the Lady Tigers 25-12, 25-12 and 25-7, in round one of the state volleyball playoffs.

"They came in here to play," Lady Tiger coach Readie Kelly said.

She said the northern teams, including the Lady Warriors, play year-round volleyball.

"And we don’t even have a feeder system," she said. "What I teach here we have to start out at ground zero on the first of August realizing that we’ll have a game within two weeks."

But Kelly said despite having a young squad she is thrilled they were able to earn second in the region and earn the privilege of hosting round one.

"It’s a huge accomplishment and they should keep their heads up," Kelly said "Yes, the seniors are hurt and they are disappointed, but I told them you can’t win it by yourself and everybody’s skill levels are not where yours are. We have a young team and I think we played well, so I’ll keep on encouraging them."

The Lady Tigers had to play without senior Alexundria Smith who hurt her ankle in the region tourney last week.

"One of the strongest hitters that I know got hurt in the region tournament," Kelly said about Smith. "She is an awesome defensive player and she knows the game. She would know what to look for when the others didn’t and that makes a big difference. We missed her tremendously on the court today. But there is always next year."

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