The LaFayette Lady Ramblers, who set a new program single-season record with 40 victories this season, unfortunately suffered their 13th and final loss fo 2017 on Thursday with a four-set loss at No. 5-ranked North Oconee.
The Lady Titans won the opener, 25-14, only to see LaFayette respond with a 27-25 victory to tie things up at a set apiece. However, North Oconee would control the final two sets, 25-17 and 25-12, to score the win and advance to the second round of the Class AAAA state tournament.
Senior Katie Dixon had 14 digs and eight kills, while Emily Redden had 29 assists in five digs in her final high school match.
Jillian Morgan collected 14 kills, eight blocks and seven digs. Gracie Stier picked up 19 digs, six kills and two aces, while Bailey Tarvin had 24 digs and two aces. Other contributors for the Lady Ramblers included Sarah Ray (6 kills, 3 digs), Elaina Kirkendoll (2 digs, 3 blocks) and Michaela Hobbs (12 digs, 2 aces, 2 assists).
Along with Heritage's victory over Jefferson, Northwest Whitfield picked up a 3-0 win over Madison County, but Southeast Whitfield was beaten, 3-0, by St. Pius X, giving Area 6 a 2-2 mark in the opening round.
Gordon Lee eliminated in Fairburn
The Lady Trojans won their opening set, 25-16, on the road in the first round of the Class A state tournament. However, host Landmark Christian would right their ship at Gordon Lee's expense, sweeping the final three sets, 25-14, 25-14 and 25-21.
Aubree Yancey and Summer Fitzpatrick both had eight kills in their final match for the Navy-and-White. Gracie O'Neal added six kills to go with eight digs and three aces.
The Lady Trojans finished the year with a 32-11 record.