The North Hall High volleyball team went undefeated through five matches to win the Hall County volleyball tournament on Saturday afternoon.
Lily Paschall had 73 assists, seven kills and four aces, while Sydney Cleveland added 28 kills, 11 aces, 10 digs and a blocks to lead the Lady Trojans.
North Hall defeated all four of its opponents, including Lakeview twice, in straight sets to become the Gold Bracket champion. Julie Daniels had 13 kills, eight aces, three blocks and seven digs throughout the tournament, which saw the Trojans beat Gainesville (25-22, 25-21), West Hall (25-7, 25-11), Lakeview (25-19, 25-15) and Johnson (25-14, 25-14) to advance to the championship game against the Lady Lions.
Autumn Tucker and Jen Millican combined for 36 kills and six blocks, and Makenzie Bryant had 20 digs and 10 aces.
North Hall plays its next matches at home on Tuesday against North Oconee and Chestatee.
LAKEVIEW FALLS IN CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: The Lakeview volleyball team finished runners-up in the Hall County volleyball tournament Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Lions fell in the championship match to North Hall (25-14, 25-19) after advancing to the championship bracket with wins over West Hall (25-19, 25-20) and Gainesville (23-25, 25-13, 15-10). Lakeview’s Katie White (58 digs, 18 kills, two aces) passed the 1,000 career digs mark in the tournament while the Lions had to fight back from a set down to beat Chestatee (21-25, 25-20, 15-9) to reach the final.
Katie Gay had 16 kills, 4 aces and 37 digs, Peaches Shipley added 16 kills and a block, and Rachel Unger notched 15 kills during Saturday’s tournament.
JOHNSON DEFEATS EAST HALL, FALLS TO TROJANS: Brooke Balenger tallied three aces, 24 kills and 15 digs as the Johnson Knights fell to North Hall in their final match of the Hall County volleyball tournament. Despite losing to Flowery Branch (25-6, 24-26, 16-14) and Chestatee (29-25, 25-12, 15-10), the Knights picked up a three-set win against East Hall (25-23, 10-25, 15-7) to advance to the gold bracket Saturday afternoon.
Grace Eidson contributed 37 assists and 22 digs, and Malina Lear had five aces, seven kills and six digs on the day. Samantha Summerville had five aces and four digs, while Jessica Panter had 11 kills and 3.5 blocks.
North Hall defeated Johnson in straight sets 25-14, 25-14, in the final match of the tournament for the Knights.
Johnson travels to Buford on Tuesday to take on the Lady Wolves and Monroe Area.
CHESTATEE’S CARNES, GRATER EARN WINS: Jack Carnes and Lindsey Grater both earned wins for the Chestatee Eagles on Saturday morning at the Clear Creek Cross Country Invitational.
The boys varsity team swept the first three spots at the meet, with Carnes winning overall with a time of 18:23.92. Ivan Martin finished second in 18:26.39 while Logan Brock placed third at 18:37.05.
Grater took her third consecutive win for the Lady War Eagles by finishing with a time of 21:57. Abbie Cliche took fifth place overall with a time of 23:30.
Chestatee finished third in both the girls and boys team results.
WEST HALL FINISHES STRONG AT MEET: The West Hall boys cross country team finished second Saturday at the Soaring Eagle Invitational in Jefferson. Manny Mata, Nicholas Silva, Kelvin Reyes, Eldin Barahona and Edgar Almarez all led the Spartans.
NO. 1 SEED BUFORD ENTERS REGION TOURNAMENT: The Buford Lady Wolves (26-1, 8-0 in Region 8-AAAA) will enter the upcoming region tournament as the No. 1 seed, ahead of Madison County (No. 2) and North Oconee (No. 3).
White County, North Hall and Stephens County all finished the regular season with 4-4 region records, but the Warriors will enter as the No. 4 seed for defeating both North Hall and Stephens County in the regular season. The four lowest seeds will play doubleheaders (No. 4 vs. No. 6 and No. 3 vs. No. 5), and have an “if game” scheduled for Wednesday.
Buford and Madison County will receive a bye in the first round. Buford takes on the winner of the series between the fourth- and the sixth-seeded teams in a three-game series beginning Saturday.
The Region 8-AAAA championship game will be held on Oct. 9. The higher-seeded team will host.
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