Lady Bulldogs chalk up win over Jackson

CONYERS - The Rockdale volleyball team thought it was going to get a good Area 8-AAAA test Tuesday night.

But thanks to the remnants of Tropical Storm Fay, Clarke Central decided not to chance to the weather and pulled out of Tuesday's match.

So the Lady Bulldogs (3-7 overall) battled visiting Jackson in a best-of-five non-area match and scored a 25-14, 17-25, 25-19, 25-15 victory.

"Today, we came out ready to play in the first game, but in the second game, we lost our focus and let our guard down," Rockdale volleyball coach Stephen Sansing said. "We can't afford to do that against any team. Luckily, losing that second game woke us up, and we played better after that."

"After playing the caliber of competition we played on Saturday, I thought we'd be looking forward to playing today. But we weren't very sharp. We still need to work on passing as well as service reception and communication."

Tayla Mitchell had nine kills and Brianna Dennis added eight for the Lady Bulldogs. Kelsey Girardot had seven kills and eight aces, while Chelsea Nunn chipped in 21 assists and nine aces.

On Saturday in the Play for a Cure Tournament, the Lady Bulldogs lost all six matches to some of the top teams in the state, but Sansing was pleased with their effort.

"These were probably the best teams Rockdale has ever played in one day in the history of our program," Sansing said. "We competed with each of the teams and saw some really good things. We also saw some things we have to get better at, and we will. At the end of the day, the girls were still playing hard and that's what we expect."

Girardot had 35 kills and five aces over the six games. Mitchell added 15 kills, Dennis added 13, and Jasmin Miller finished with 12 kills and five aces. Nunn tallied 62 assists.

Rockdale returns to action at 5 p.m. Thursday, hosting Alcovy and Cedar Shoals at Davis Middle School.

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