ATHENS - The Heritage volleyball team improved to 5-0 in Area 8-AAAA play with a 25-20, 25-15 win over host Clarke Central on Thursday.
The Lady Patriots (9-11 overall) dropped their first match of the night against Athens Academy 26-24, 23-25, 25-20.
"We were very efficient with the ball and played very good team defense (against Clarke Central). Very few balls touched the floor without effort, and, as a result, Clarke did a lot of tipping, which allowed us to run our offense," Heritage coach David Buddenbaum said. "We played good team defense against (Athens Academy), but we were unable to put the ball down on defense. We had 24-22 lead in game one and lost, which is an area we are focusing on."
Taylor Bailey combined for 22 kills, 17 service points and four blocks to lead the Lady Patriots in the two matches. Rachel Jubran added two kills, 12 assists and eight services against Clarke Central, while Mikala Flonnoy added two kills, 15 assists and seven service points against Athens Academy.
Loganville snaps Heritage's win streak at eight
· CONYERS - Loganville's Katie Lewis tossed a one-hitter and finished one batter short of a perfect game as the Lady Red Devils (12-2 overall, 4-0 in 8-AAAA South) took over sole possession of first place in the subregion with a 1-0 victory over Heritage (11-5-1 overall, 3-1 in 8-AAAA South) on Thursday.
The loss ended the Lady Patriots' winning streak at eight games.
Loganville's Jessica Womble produced the game's only run on a solo homer in the top of the sixth.
Heritage pitcher Jamie Melson pitched seven strong innings, allowing only three hits and chalking up six strikeouts.
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Kat Baize's single for the Lady Patriots broke up Lewis' bid for the perfect game.
"Sometimes you just have to take your hat off to the other team, but, by the same token, I think we proved to ourselves and possible to others that we can play with the best in our region," Heritage coach Dickey Hightower said.
Lady Eagles top Lady Tigers in volleyball split
· COVINGTON - The Eastside Lady Eagles split a three-way match against Alcovy and Chestatee on Thursday.
Katie Johnson paced the Lady Eagles (11-22) with nine aces and eight kills in the two matches.
Also playing a big factor in the win were Nia Mullins (four kills, four tips and three blocks), Naomi Wills (eight digs), Mary Sheets (four digs) and Gabe Parker (two blocks).
The Lady Eagles lost their first match to Chestatee 25-15, 25-22 before sweeping Alcovy 25-9, 25-23.