by Mark Brock, DeKalb County Athletics
The No. 2 ranked Chamblee Lady Bulldogs lead a group of eight DeKalb County teams kicking off the volleyball state playoffs on Saturday at various sites.
Chamblee (39-6) via its third consecutive Region 5-5A title gets to host a pair of Class 5A State Tournament matches on Saturday. Coach Lorri Reynolds Lady Bulldogs take on Johnson-Gainesville (1-23) at 11:00 am following the Decatur/Kell match with the winners advancing to the second round on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
All-Area 5-5A players junior Becca Evans and seniors Hannah Cain and Camille Van Leer lead Chamblee into the state playoffs.
The Arabia Mountain Lady Rams (32-7) were the 5-5A runners-up and travel to Riverwood for a 9:30 am match against Area 8 No. 3 seed Walnut Grove (21-24). Coach Bruce Pfleger’s team won a school record 32 matches this season led by All-Area players Deja McCleod and Mia Sterling.
Coach Joie Bullock’s Clarkston Lady Angoras (21-16) also set a school record for wins in earning their second consecutive state playoff berth and playing as the No. 3 seed. Clarkston heads to Carrollton to take on Area 8 No. 2 seed Loganville (30-19) at 12:00 pm led by All-Area selections Paw Thaw and Nel Cing.
The final Class 5A entry is the Southwest DeKalb Lady Panthers (24-10) led by Coach Kristina Parrish as they travel to Buford to face the Lady Wolves (25-10) at 1:00 pm.
Coach Angela Thompson’s Lakeside Lady Vikings (26-17) make a 10thconsecutive appearance in the state playoffs as they take on Class 7A first round opponent Mill Creek (33-13) at Milton on Saturday at 3:00 pm.
All-Area 7A first team performers Siarah Hyman and Zoe Skeeling along with second teamers Gabby Goeslin and Ruby Reich lead the No. 3 seeded Lady Vikings.
The Dunwoody Lady Wildcats (24-19) travel to Northgate to take on Creekview (29-14) at Northgate in an 11:00 am match in their return to the state playoffs after missing out for the first time in five seasons a year ago.
First-year head coach Julie Gartner’s squad is led by seniors Sarah Briggs, Angela Hirst and juniors Nicole Callihan and McKenna Norwood.
Akousa Moore’s Druid Hills Lady Red Devils (20-17) go on the road to Perry to take on Northside of Columbus (30-20) in the first round of the Class 4A State Playoffs.
All-Area 4-4A players senior Aliya Epps and junior Mia Pasquariello helped the Lady Red Devils secure the No. 3 seed by winning their final two games of the area tournament against North Clayton and Luella.
The Redan Lady Raiders (20-14) go across town to Pace Academy on Saturday to take on Area 3-3A No. 2 seed Islands (18-11) at 1:00 pm.
Takaira Flemons had 11 kills and six digs to propel Redan past Kendrick for the No. 3 seed for Coach Charlyce Henderson. Henderson has her squad in the state playoffs for the third consecutive season.
Saturday, Oct. 20
Lakeside (26-17) vs. Mill Creek (33-13) at Milton, 3:00 pm
Dunwoody (24-19) vs. Creekview (29-14) at Northgate, 11:00 am
Johnson-Gainesville (1-23) at Chamblee (39-6), 11:00 am
Arabia Mountain (32-7) vs. Walnut Grove (21-24) at Riverwood, 9:30 am
Clarkston (21-16) vs. Loganville (30-19) at Carrollton, 12:00 pm
SW DeKalb (24-10) at Buford (25-10), 1:00 pm
Druid Hills (20-17) vs. Northside-Columbus (30-20) at Perry, 2:00 pm
Redan (20-14) vs. Islands (18-11) at Pace, 1:00 pm