Creekview gets revenge for loss to Sequoyah
by Chris Byess
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Creekview’s Emily Lehman digs for the ball as teammate Courtney O’Connor looks on in Tuesday’s match at sixth-ranked Sequoyah. The ninth-ranked Lady Grizzlies beat their neighboring rival in three sets, then went on to beat Forsyth Central to complete an Area 7AAAAA sweep.
<BR>Tribune photo by Samantha M. Shal
Creekview’s Emily Lehman digs for the ball as teammate Courtney O’Connor looks on in Tuesday’s match at sixth-ranked Sequoyah. The ninth-ranked Lady Grizzlies beat their neighboring rival in three sets, then went on to beat Forsyth Central to complete an Area 7AAAAA sweep.
Tribune photo by Samantha M. Shal
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CANTON — After falling to archrival Sequoyah nearly two weeks ago in the silver bracket final of the Georgia Challenge, Creekview avenged its loss Tuesday by beating the Lady Chiefs 25-12, 21-25, 25-13 at the War Lodge.

The ninth-ranked Lady Grizzlies completed the Area 7AAAAA tri-match sweep by beating Forsyth Central 25-10, 25-14.

With the victories, Creekview (16-12) improved its area record to 4-2, which is good enough for fourth place.

Sixth-ranked Sequoyah rebounded from its loss to the Lady Grizzlies, taking a comfortable victory over Forsyth Central in the final match of the night and winning 25-16, 25-15. The Lady Chiefs (12-9) improved to 3-3 in area play, placing them one spot behind Creekview in fifth.

Creekview and Sequoyah opened the night by facing one another, with the visiting Lady Grizzlies jumping out to an early lead.

Thanks a handful of errors from Sequoyah, Creekview made short work of the first set. The second set opened much differently, however, as Sequoyah raced to a 9-1 lead.

Though the Lady Chiefs continued to lead for the much of the set, Creekview slowly chipped away at the lead, drawing within three at one point late in the set to make it 19-16.

Sequoyah was able to hold on to win, however, forcing a decisive third set.

But the final set looked much like the first, with Creekview rattling off seven- and eight-point runs to win the match.

Julia Dayoub had seven kills and 14 digs for the Lady Grizzlies, while Caylee Salabarria added 25 assists.

Creekview coach Abigail Jackson was satisfied with her team’s performance.

“We played pretty well,” she said. “Our girls fought really hard out there, and I can’t be happier than when, after losing a second set, they go out there and win the third.”

Jackson credited defense as the why the Lady Grizzlies were able to beat Sequoyah, and against Forsyth Central, they never seemed troubled as they won in two sets.

Dayoub led their attack once again, with seven aces, four kills and seven digs.

“Julia was impressive (Tuesday),” Jackson said. “The whole season, we’ve striven for consistency, and (on Tuesday) she provided that. When one of your senior leaders can do that, it helps the team a lot.”

After falling to Creekview in the opening match, Sequoyah rebounded well against Forsyth Central, winning the first set 25-16.

The Lady Bulldogs provided a stiffer challenge in the second set, however, and had the score tied up at 15-all.

With Kayla Morris serving, the Lady Chiefs went on to win the final 10 points to clinch the match.

Kali Jones was also impressive for Sequoyah, finishing with 10 kills, two aces and 12 digs.

Sequoyah coach John Edwards was happy with the way his players responded after the loss to Creekview.

“After losing to Creekview, our girls could have come out and played like they were feeling sorry for themselves, but they didn’t,” Edwards said. “We came and stayed positive, and we got the win.”
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