It was a slow and steady climb for the LaFayette Lady Ramblers before they finally broke through and won a region championship in 2019.
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The first matches of the 2021 Region 6-AAA volleyball tournament were played on Thursday night and the top four seeds all advanced in the winners' bracket.
Imagine winning your region, expecting perhaps a somewhat easier draw in the first round of state playoffs against a No. 4 seed, only to find out that that opponent just happens to be the two-time defending state champions.
The two top-ranked defenses in all of Region 6-AAA squared off at Don Patterson Field on Friday night and it turned into nothing short of a heavyweight slugfest.
Ringgold closed out the regular season on Thursday with a Senior Night victory over Dade County, sweeping the Lady Wolverines, 25-22 and 25-23.
LaFayette sophomore Tucker Henderson had his lowest finish of the 2021 cross country season on Thursday night...and still placed third overall.
The Ringgold Lady Tigers began final prep work for next week's Region 6-AAA tournament by sweeping a best-of-five match at Christian Heritage on Tuesday, 26-24, 25-21 and 25-20.
The Ringgold Lady Tigers got back to .500 overall and finished the Region 6-AAA regular season portion of their schedule with a 25-13, 25-22 victory over visiting Coahulla Creek on Monday night.
The Ringgold Lady Tigers won the Class AAA state title last year after coming out of the Region 6 playoffs as the No. 4 seed and they'll have to take a similar path again this season if they are going to make it three state championships in a row.
Coming into the 2021 season, the Ringgold Tigers knew they had some big road games to navigate if they were to have a shot at playing for, and possibly winning, the first region championship in the program's 87-year history.
Even after victories over Rockmart and Adairsville in the past two days, the LaFayette Lady Ramblers still needed find a way to win at Coahulla Creek on Friday to secure an automatic berth in the state tournament.
The Ringgold Lady Tigers scored 10 times in the top of the first inning and blitzed North Murray, 16-0, in the regular-season finale Wednesday night in Chatsworth.