The Gordon Central Lady Warriors’ first-ever varsity volleyball season came to an end on Saturday, but they didn’t go down without a fight.

The Lady Warriors traveled to Coosa for the Area 3-AA Tournament and bounced back from an opening-round loss to salvage a win in their next match. However, their run through the bracket was ended by Chattooga in the loser’s brackets.

Gordon Central (5-19) played Pepperell in the first round and dropped the match in two sets (25-16, 25-15). They came right back and defeated Rockmart in the loser’s bracket in two sets (25-16, 25-23) to set up a do-or-die match against Chattooga, which they lost in two sets (25-14, 25-10).

Despite the team coming up a little short of a State berth in their first season playing a varsity schedule after two seasons of JV competition, Lady Warriors coach Cindy Miller said she was very happy with the way her team battled all season.

“I am very proud of these young ladies and how hard they have worked to improve this season,” said Miller, who just completed her first season as head coach. “They have taken on the challenge of being the first varsity volleyball team Gordon Central has ever had with pride and determination. I have seen so much growth in them this year, and our Seniors will be truly missed next year. I appreciate all of the support displayed by the school staff, volunteers and parents to make this season, what I would consider, to be a successful first year for varsity volleyball.”

The Lady Warriors will lose six seniors off this year’s team to graduation, including Olivia Fleming, Karen Cervantes, Savannah George, Leslie Gutierrez, JaBresha Evans and Maria Zuniga, but they have several younger players and a big JV team ready to pick up where those six left off and carry the program forward next season.

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Lady Phoenix split at tri-match

Sonoraville went on the road to Model on Thursday and came away with a 1-1 effort in a non-area tri-match.

The Lady Phoenix (15-22) lost a hard-fought match in three sets (25-14, 23-25, 12-15) to Ringgold in their opening contest of the night, but bounced back to dominate Model for a two-set win (25-15, 25-8) to cap of the evening.

“We let our guard down with Ringgold in the second set, then once they got the momentum, we were unable to reign it back in,” said Sonoraville coach Trace Vaughn. “Hopefully, we learned our lesson on staying focused and won’t let that happen again. We did bounce back pretty well against Model, and it was great to see Anissa (Hales) have an excellent match.”

Hales had a big night for Sonoraville with 15 digs and seven aces on 14-of-14 serving. Kinsey Wilson added 19 digs and four kills, and Abby Chambers had 10 kills and three aces. Also contributing to the effort were: Alea Johnson with 31 assists and three digs, Bree Steely with nine kills, five digs, two blocks and an 11-of-11 serving night, Skylar Huskins with six digs, two assists and two kills, Hannah Wehunt with five digs, Raleigh Hooper with five kills, two blocks and two assists and Alexis Lincoln with four kills.

The Lady Phoenix will next play in the Area 1-AAA Tournament which starts on Thursday at Calhoun. They will face Bremen in their first match at 6 p.m. as they begin their quest for a sixth straight area title.

Sonoraville goes 1-1 on road

The Lady Phoenix split in a road tri-match on Monday against Cartersville and Murray County.

Sonoraville (16-23) first lost in a tough three set match (9-25, 25-22, 13-15) to Cartersville, but then rebounded to defeat Murray County in three sets (23-25, 25-12, 15-9).

Bree Steely led the way with six kills, seven aces, eight assists and a pair of blocks. Kinsey Wilson added 16 digs, two aces and two kills, and Anissa Hales had 10 digs. Also contributing was: Skylar Huskins with five digs, four aces and two kills, Hannah Wehunt with four digs, three aces and 13-of-13 serving, Alea Johnson with eight assists and two aces, Samantha Lewis had three kills, Abby Chambers with five aces and two kills and Raleigh Hooper with four kills.

Bracket set for 1-AAA Tourney

The postseason will begin in full force on Thursday for two local volleyball teams as they open play in the Area 1-AAA Tournament at Calhoun High.

The seeds are now set for the bracket with Calhoun earning the No. 1 seed, and Sonoraville entering as the No. 3 seed. Bremen (No. 2), Haralson County (No. 3) and Adairsville (No. 5) fill out the bracket.

Sonoraville will face Bremen in their first match at 6 p.m., and Calhoun will take on the winner of Adairsville and Haralson County also at 6 p.m.