It may not be as area champions, but the LFO Lady Warriors are headed back to the state playoffs.
The Red-and-White, seeded third in the Area 6-AAA tournament, lost to second-seeded Coahulla Creek in a semifinal match at North Murray High School on Saturday, but bounced back to beat fourth-seeded Murray County.
LFO, who trailed the Lady Colts 7-1 in the early part of the opening set, rallied to tie things up at 12 apiece. However, Coahulla Creek would win 13 of the next 17 points to claim a 25-16 win and rode the momentum to a 25-14 win the second set.
Macey Gregg had five kills, two aces and two blocks in the loss, while Miyah Foster picked up five kills and four digs. Jerriale Jackson recorded two blocks and Madi Graham had seven assists.
Against the Lady Indians, LFO opened with an easy 25-14 win in the first set, but saw Murray County come storming back for a 25-16 victory in the second set. However, the Lady Warriors would regroup and clinch the match with a 25-20 win.
Gregg had 13 kills in the match, while Jackson and Foster had six kills each. Symerel Bennett had seven kills and five blocks. Aleysa McBurnett had four kills, two aces and two blocks. Graham recorded 10 assists and three aces, while Alexis Abraham chipped in with a pair of aces.
Gregg and Graham were later named to the All-Area (6-AAA) first team, while Bennett was named to the honorable mention squad. The Lady Warriors (12-30) will open the state tournament on Wednesday (Oct. 11) against Morgan County. The start time had not been determined as of press time.
Should LFO win, it would either host Towers or play at No. 1-ranked North Hall in round two.