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Gainesville volleyball program claims Area 8-6A championship
Lady Red Elephants beat Apalachee twice on final day of tournament
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Gainesville's volleyball program celebrates winning the Area 8-6A championship Saturday in Winder. - photo by For The Times

The Gainesville High volleyball program made a clean sweep of the Area 8-6A tournament, beating Apalachee (25-18, 25-16, 25-19) in the finals on Saturday in Winder. With the win, the Lady Red Elephants will host River Ridge at 6 p.m. Thursday to open the Class 6A state tournament. 

To advance to the championship, Gainesville beat Apalachee (25-17, 25-18). The Lady Red Elephants opened the tournament with a win against Habersham Central (25-16, 20-25, 25-11) on Thursday. 

Gainesville’s Savannah Roys earned Area MVP honors, while Kenley Jordan and Abby Alexander made All-Area. 

Roys finished the tournament with 17 aces, 25 kills, 55 assists and 36 digs. Alexander had 13 kills and five blocks. Also for Gainesville, Ashley Filson had 11 digs, while Jordan had seven aces, 38 kills, four blocks and 22 digs. Anna Wylie chipped in three aces, 20 kills and 11 digs for the Lady Red Elephants, while Isabella Appling had five aces, 10 assists and 36 digs.

FLOWERY BRANCH FINISHES THIRD IN AREA 8-5A: The Lady Falcons (16-8) topped Johnson in Saturday’s opening match (25-13, 25-13), before losing to Buford (25-13, 25-6) on Saturday in Loganville. In the losers bracket, Flowery Branch beat Clarke Central (25-10, 25-17), Johnson (25-17, 25-16) and lost to host Loganville (25-22, 25-22). 

On Wednesday, Flowery Branch will visit the No. 2 seed out of Area 6-5A to open the state playoffs. 

JOHNSON EARNS FOURTH IN AREA 8-5A: The Lady Knights earned a playoff spot with win against Walnut Grove (20-25, 25-23, 25-14), and a pair of losses to Flowery Branch (25-17, 25-16) and (25-13, 25-13) on Saturday in Loganville. Leading the Lady Knights were Grace Eidson with 21 kills, three blocks, 20 assists and five digs, and Alivia Farley with five kills, 26 assists and 12 digs. Also for Johnson, Samantha Summerville had six aces, 12 kills and six digs, while Julia Bowers chipped in 14 digs and five aces. Kellie Tran had 10 kills, five blocks and four digs for the Lady Knights. 

On Wednesday, Johnson opens the state tournament against the Area 6-5A champion. 

High school scores can be reported by 10:30 p.m. each night by calling 770-718-3415 or email