Sequoyah (37-4) held off North Paulding to advance in Class AAAAA. The Lady Chiefs won 25-9, 25-6, 23-25, 25-12.
In the third set, Sequoyah used several reserves, which made the score appear closer than it otherwise would have been.
Logan Page had 35 assists, four digs, four kills and an ace for the Lady Chiefs, who extended their winning streak to 28 matches. Lane Lauletta totaled nine kills, two digs and a block, while Kelly Hartman collected 14 kills, five aces, three digs and two blocks. Lauren Hartman chipped in nine kills and four blocks. Kali Jones added a double-double with 13 kills and 11 digs.
Sequoyah will host Starr’s Mill on Tuesday.
Also in Class AAAAA, Creekview was a winner, despite being a No. 5 seed. The Lady Grizzlies went on the road to Harris County and rallied from a two-set hole to win 22-25, 18-25, 25-23, 25-16, 15-8.
“I think we (wore them out),” Creekview coach Abigail Jackson said. “I think it took us a while to get into the match and we weren’t prepared for them to be as scrappy as they were.”
Jackson said the Lady Grizzlies trailed during the third set before rallying to win. From there, they seemed to pick up momentum.
It’s the first time Creekview has advanced to the second round since 2008, the year before Jackson took the reins following John Edwards’ departure for Sequoyah. The Lady Grizzlies will travel to Whitewater for the second round Tuesday.
River Ridge was a winner Wednesday night in the Class AAAA playoffs, having no trouble in beating Hephzibah 25-10, 25-10, 25-17.
Sophomore Olivia Stasevich led the Lady Knights with 12 digs and added six kills. Senior Katie Tyler had 14 assists, while Dakota Williams added 13.
Also key were Brittany Castro (six kills), Jess Mlaska (nine kills), and Megan Connelly (three aces, six digs).
The Lady Knights will host either Woodland-Henry in Tuesday’s second-round match.
Etowah, however, had the biggest upset of the local teams, beating Area 8AAAAAA champion Norcross on the road. The Lady Eagles will now face North Cobb in second-round play.
Natalie Lucco led ETowah with 18 kills, while Taylor Kimber added nine. Sydney Hotaling was a perfect 18-for-18 serving and had 46 assists.
Jenna Lea was 16-for-16 serving with 13 kills and six digs. Other contributors included Madeline Gilmer (eight digs), Allie Elson (16 digs), Paige Horton (seven kills, three blocks) and Kylie Blanton (seven kills).
Woodstock was swept in straight sets by Chattahoochee in its first-round match.