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Rockdale volleyball sweeps Duluth, Grayson

No Majesti Bass, no problem for the Rockdale volleyball team. Bass, a University of Georgia commitment, was out with a sickness, but Rockdale swept four games from host Grayson and Duluth Tuesday.

Rockdale, which improved to 7-2, will play Our Lady of Mercy and Ola at OLM Thursday.

Already up 1-0, Rockdale clinched the match against Grayson with a 25-15 victory in game two. The Bulldogs turned a one-point advantage into an 11-6 lead with four quick points. Grayson got to within two points on two occasions, the last coming at 12-10 on a Chandler Jackson kill. Kayla Davis’ two kills led a 9-1 spurt that made it a 21-11 game, and despite three aces dow the stretch by Jackson, Rockdale’s lead wasn’t threatened.

Rockdale used a huge run to pull away and win game one, 25-12. The host Rams grabbed a 7-4 lead, thanks in large part to three early Rockdale errors. With Abby Bradford serving, the Bulldogs took control. Bradford, an unsigned senior, had six consecutive aces, part of a 12-0 run that put Rockdale up 16-7.

The Bulldogs’ lead wouldn’t shrink below eight points the rest of the way.

Rockdale had little trouble with Duluth in the middle match of the night, winning 2-0.

The first game was tied early on at 1-1 after a kill by Duluth’s Katie Powell, but it was all Rockdale from there. The Bulldogs went on a 18-4 run, aided by Bradford’s three kills, two kills by Chloe Brown and four aces, two of which belonged to Bradford. After consecutive errors got Duluth to within 22-8, Jahkishma Soto had a pair of kills and a match-clinching ace in Rockdale’s 25-8 victory.

Game two was much closer, and Duluth led briefly at 4-3 on Jazmyn Johnson’s kill. The teams were tied at 7-7 before a quick 6-2 run gave Rockdale a 13-9 lead. The Wildcats got as close as three points the rest of the way, at 13-10 on the last of Powell’s three kills, but six Duluth errors helped the visitors from Conyers pull away and win 25-18.

Against Duluth, Bradford led the Bulldogs with seven kills and four aces, while Soto, Brown and Nazzerine Waldon added four each and Natheree Lackey helped out with eight assists.

In the first match of the night, Duluth swept two games from Grayson, winning 25-19 and 25-23.