Heritage Generals

The Heritage volleyball team is rolling right along.

The Lady Generals made school history on Saturday at home by winning the North Georgia Volleyball Classic, where they became the first squad to win 30 matches.

The championship run included wins over Christian Heritage, 25-11, 27-25, Coahulla Creek, 25-17, 25-15, Ridgeland, 25-15, 25-18, Northwest Whitfield, 25-18, 25-14, Gilmer County, 25-22,25-22, and LaFayette, 25-16, 25-13, in the championship game.

The Navy-and-Red also won a tournament the previous weekend and are now 31-3 on the season.

Generals head coach John Gaston said he was overwhelmed with excitement for his talented group of athletes.

"I wasn't going to tell the girls they had won their 30th game until they did it," he said. "Then they said (before the semifinals game), "Coach, this is our 30th game isn't it?'"

"It was good that they were aware and had been keeping up,” Gaston added. "They were pretty proud of it."

The veteran coach said his biggest joy this year has been to "watch the players" during the match.

"Sometimes I get to just sit back," he said. "The girls on the floor are playing with so much energy and so much intensity."

Gaston said his team is pleased with back-to-back championships, but the team is in no way satisfied and still aware of the goal.

"They had never won two tournaments in a regular season," he said. "That's pretty consistent to play 12 tournament games in two weeks and not lose a single game ... and there were a lot of upsets."

Sarah Wilks led the team with 24 kills, followed closely by Jordan Wheeler with 21.

Gracie Grant had 49 assists and Haley Hixon had 65 service points and 10 aces.

Hixon also played near perfect defense throughout all six matches.

Kelly Helton and Dinah Carlton had 17 kills each and Bre Conley had 15 kills.