A new champion was crowned at this year’s Hall County volleyball championship. Lakeview Academy won the county title Saturday after defeating 6A Gainesville in the final.
The Lady Lions topped 3A East Hall (25-23, 25-16) to open pool play Saturday morning at Cherokee Bluff High before working their way to the championship match against the Lady Red Elephants, where they won in straight-set fashion (25-18, 25-15). As for Gainesville (19-13), the Lady Red Elephants’ path to second place was not an easy one. They opened pool play with a three-set loss to defending champion North Hall (25-13, 17-25, 14-25) before bouncing back with 2-0 sweeps of 4A West Hall (25-17, 25-17), 5A Johnson (25-6, 25-10) and 4A Flowery Branch (26-24, 26-24) to earn a spot in the semifinals.
The Lady Red Elephants topped Lanier Christian (25-9, 25-22) before ultimately falling short in the championship.
Ansley Turner paced Gainesville’s (19-13) attack with 34 kills while adding six service aces and 47 digs. Lauren Teasley had 16 blocks, while Camille Calkins fired a team-high 13 service aces on top of matching Lauren Ware’s (20 kills, five aces, two blocks, 22 digs) attacking efforts with 20 kills.
Camille Holcomb (48 assists) and Karlea Grace (40 digs) were others to record team high’s for Gainesville, which concludes its regular season Tuesday night with a crucial Area tri-match against Apalachee and Winder-Barrow in Apalachee.
Lakeview Academy hosts area opponent Athens Christian and Jackson County in a tri-match on Tuesday in Gainesville.
Compiled by Sarah Woodall