Plenty of Bulldogs, Eagles on all-area volleyball team

The Rockdale volleyball team had another excellent season, finishing as the runner-up to Norcross in Area 8-AAAAAA and reaching the state playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

The Bulldogs, who went 26-25 and lost to eventual state runner-up Harrison in the round of 16, were rewarded as four players made the first-team All-Citizen volleyball team and three others were second-team selections.

"We started off the season unsure as a team, but about halfway through, we began playing really well," Rockdale coach Stephen Sansing said. "The girls really stayed together, and we felt we could compete with anyone. We're definitely proud to say we've made state for four years in a row. These seniors, that's all they've known. They've created a culture of winning, which makes the next group want to be successful that much more."First team-- Jaida Allen -- senior middle hitter, Rockdale. Named to first-team all-area 8-AAAAAA. 288 kills, 57 aces. Program's all-time leader in blocks with 183.

-- Majesti Bass -- sophomore middle hitter, Rockdale. First-team all-Area 8-AAAAAA. Led team with 327 kills and 109 blocks, a new school record.

-- Abby Bradford -- junior outside hitter, Rockdale. School record 103 aces, 197 kills. First-team all-Area 8-AAAAAA.

-- Natheree Lackey -- junior outside hitter, Rockdale. First team all-Area 8-AAAAAA, 690 assists.

-- Tiffany Lo -- senior setter, Eastside. Led team in assists (274), second in kills (87) and aces (72). Named first-team all-Area 8-AAAA.

-- Sidney Johnston -- junior middle hitter, Eastside. Led team in kills (150) and aces (83).Named first-team all-Area 8-AAAA.Second team-- Alycia Johnson -- junior libber, Rockdale. Second-team all-Area 8-AAAAAA libero had 53 aces and 49 kills.

-- Jahkishma Soto -- junior right side hitter, Rockdale. Second-team all-Area 8-AAAAAA had 96 kills and 62 aces.

-- Nazzerine Waldon -- sophomore outside hitter, Rockdale. Didn't become a starter until halfway through season, but still finished with 116 kills, fourth on the team.

-- Kylee Burne -- senior middle hitter, Eastside. Named to all-Area 8-AAAA second team; had 43 kills.

-- Dyamond Humphrey -- senior middle hitter, Eastside. All-Area 8-AAAA second team selection had 26 kills and 25 assists.

-- Briana Clark -- senior setter, Alcovy. All-Area 8-AAAAAA second team selection.

-- Aleisha Left -- junior middle hitter, Alcovy. All-Area 8-AAAAAA second team selection.Honorable mention-- Shatravious Slaton -- senior middle hitter, Eastside; Keisha Boyle -- senior middle hitter, Eastside; Kiana Mullins -- senior outside hitter, Eastside; Mycah Boland -- sophomore outside/middle hitter, Heritage; Trenetria Steele -- senior outside hitter, Heritage; Adavia Elow -- junior setter, Heritage; Erin White -- senior middle hitter, Heritage; Kaylee Jenkins -- senior setter, Heritage.