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Gainesville volleyball team falls to Pope in second round of playoffs
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Gainesville's Savannah Roys (23) jumps to spike the ball during the second round game of the Class 6A state tournament between Gainesville and Pope in Gainesville, on Oct. 17, 2017. - photo by David Barnes

For the third straight year, the Gainesville High volleyball team’s season ended in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs.

The No. 1 seed Lady Red Elephants were swept by third-seeded Pope High (25-18, 25-21, 25-13) on Tuesday in Gainesville. Senior setter Savannah Roys — who broke several school records as a four-year player — finished the match with 12 digs, nine assists, four kills and one ace.

Gainesville (28-12) received 12 digs from Isabella Appling, while Kenley Jordan provided 10 kills, five digs and an ace. Camille Holcomb contributed eight assists and seven digs for the Lady Red Elephants, who swept fourth-seeded River Ridge in the first round last Thursday.

Ana Wylie produced for Gainesville in several facets of the game with seven kills, four digs, three blocks and an ace. Teammate Camille Calkins had three blocks along with one kill.

The Lady Red Elephants were also helped by Sadie Roach (three digs), Ashley Finson (two digs) and Abby Alexander (one kill).

Pope (32-8) will play in the quarterfinals Saturday against an opponent that will be determined once the GHSA re-seeds the remaining eight teams. Gainesville’s second-round opponent last season, Cambridge High, went on to reach the state semifinals.

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