Heritage hosts benefit tourney

CONYERS - The Heritage volleyball team hosted the inaugural Play for a Cure Tournament on Saturday.

Twelve teams, including Heritage and Rockdale, played six games in the event, which benefited the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Heritage coach David Buddenbaum was pleased with the event and looks forward to it becoming an annual thing.

"It was a wonderful day of competition. All of the teams were very eager participates and it was great to see the teams in pink as they played for the cure," Buddenbaum said. "Even the referees were wearing pink. I think the girls got a lot of information about breast cancer, and we were able to raise some awareness about breast cancer for all the players.

"We raised around $3,000, but we do not have the final numbers as right now. I was excited about how everyone was into the event and I am looking forward to hosting another event next year as we continue our battle for early detection and prevention."

On the court, the Lady Patriots opened their season by winning two of their six matches.

Heritage beat Calvary Day 23-25, 25-23, 25-20 and Providence Christian 25-20, 25-22. The Lady Patriots lost to Landmark Christian (25-10, 25-12), Jonesboro (30-28, 25-20), Athens Academy (25-23, 23-25, 25-18) and St. Pius (25-18, 25-11).

Taylor Bailey had 28 kills and 16 service points to lead the Lady Patriots, and Mikayla Charles added 24 kills. Rachel Jubran chipped in 42 assists and 25 service points, while Mikala Flonnoy finished with 35 assists, 16 service points and nine kills. Olivia Wasdin had a team-high 36 service points.

"We did play pretty well throughout the day. The competition gave us a great view of what we need to work on as the season progresses," Buddenbaum said. "I thought our players did a good job of focusing on each point and never seemed to get discouraged In addition, we need to increase our conditioning so we can pace ourselves on these long Saturdays."

Rockdale lost all six of its matches in the tournament, dropping its overall record to 2-7.

The Lady Bulldogs fell to Jonesboro (25-16, 25-15), St. Pius (25-14, 25-12), Landmark Christian (22-25, 25-8, 25-13), Union Grove (25-14, 25-17), Eagle's Landing Christian (25-11, 25-22) and Calvary Day.

Heritage returns to action tonight, taking on Hart County and Cedar Shoals in Athens. The Lady Patriots' match with Cedar Shoals will be their first Area 8-AAAA match of the season.

Rockdale is also back in action this evening, hosting Jackson and Area 8-AAAA foe Clarke Central at 5 and 7 p.m.

Jeff Gillespie can be reached at jeff.gillespie@rockdalecitizen.com.