Lady Chiefs Capture County Championship
CANTON — Playing on their home court this past weekend, the Lady Chiefs reasserted themselves as the premier volleyball program in Cherokee County.
Sequoyah won the Cherokee County volleyball tournament on Saturday after finishing with a perfect 5-0 record. It was the first county championship since 2014 for Sequoyah and the 20th county championship for the Lady Chiefs in the 29 years the tournament has been held. The two-day tournament helped improve the Lady Chiefs’ record to 33-1, 8-0.
“One of the goals I think every team has is to win county. We were stuck on 19 for a few years there so to get number 20 feels good,” Sequoyah coach John Edwards said. “It makes it even more special for the girls to win it here on our home court.”
After defeating Creekview (25-8, 25-13) and Etowah (25-17, 25-22) on Thursday at Etowah during the tournament’s first day, Sequoyah defeated Woodstock (25-15, 25-18), Cherokee (25-12, 21-25, 15-12) and River Ridge (25-16, 25-18) to complete the county sweep. Paige Powers led Sequoyah with 39 kills and eight aces on Saturday. Freshman Taylor Pecht led the team with 74 assists while fellow freshman led Skylar Martin led the tam with 37 digs.
Sequoyah, the No. 1-ranked team in Class AAAAAA, will now turn its attention to the Region 6AAAAAA tournament this week. Sequoyah has dropped only 10 sets all season, with its only loss coming at the hands of No. 2-ranked Alpharetta, and should be favored to win its first region title since 2013.
“To win county is special and we understand that,” Edwards said. “I think it’s important to understand that, but now it’s important to focus on who we’re playing on Tuesday and refocus on what we need to do in the region tournament.”
After winning the last four county tournaments, Etowah (31-12, 4-2) finished second in the tournament after defeating Creekview (25-11, 25-5), River Ridge (25-17, 25-19), Woodstock (25-9, 25-23) and Cherokee (25-16, 25-8). The Lady Eagles, ranked No. 3 in Class AAAAAAA, were led by Savannah Bray who finished Saturday with 44 kills and 25 digs. Sydney Bray finished with 32 assists, 35 digs and 20 kills for Etowah while Olivia Tafoya finished with a team-high 41 assists.
River Ridge (26-14, 5-3) finished the tournament with a 3-2 record while recording wins over Cherokee (25-21, 17-25, 15-13), Woodstock (25-20, 25-23) and Creekview (25-20, 25-18). Cherokee (20-11, 1-5) finished the tournament with a record of 2-3 with wins over Creekview (25-14, 25-20) and Woodstock (22-25, 25-17, 15-10). Creekview (13-12, 3-5) finished the tournament with a 1-4 record while Woodstock (12-21, 0-5) finished winless in the two-day tournament.
Cherokee and Woodstock will begin play in the Area 4AAAAAAA tournament on Tuesday while Etowah will begin area tournament play on Wednesday. The entire Area 4AAAAAAA tournament will be held at Roswell High School.
Creekview, River Ridge and Sequoyah will begin Region 6AAAAAA on Tuesday with the entirety of the tournament to be held at Sequoyah.