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Region 8-4A volleyball tournament: Cherokee Bluff advances to semifinals
Hall County champions beat East Forsyth, North Oconee on Day 1 at Chestatee
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Cherokee Bluff's Grace Blythe Cornett (10) puts the ball over the net against Chestatee in the finals of the Hall County championship Aug. 27, 2022 in Gainesville. - photo by Bill Murphy

On Wednesday, Cherokee Bluff opened play in the Region 8-4A tournament with wins against East Forsyth (25-16, 25-14) and North Oconee (25-16, 25-19) at Chestatee High in Gainesville. 

Also, Lady Bears senior Grace-Blythe Cornett was tabbed Region 8-4A Player of the Year, while Emma Staples and Maddie Levine were picked as First-Team All-Region from Cherokee Bluff. 

 Up next, Cherokee Bluff will face No. 1-seed Chestatee at 5 p.m. Thursday in Gainesville. The Lady War Eagles won on Day 1 against East Hall and North Hall. 

The championship match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Chestatee High. 

CHESTATEE SWEEPS EAST HALL, NORTH HALL: In a win against the Lady Vikings (25-14, 25-4), Chestatee had service runs by Valiree Schmus, Hannah Farrar, Abby Allgood and Kadence Wolfe. 

Schmus also chipped in 15 kills with five digs, while Emily Graham and Abbagale Budd each had five digs. 

Also for the Lady War Eagles, Wolfe had four kills. 

In a win against North Hall (20-25, 25-19, 15-12), Schmus put up 25 kills, seven digs and an ace, while Graham had 13 digs. Allgood finished with 32 assists and four digs, while Budd had seven digs. 

LADY TROJANS WINS 2 OF 3: North Hall opened the region tournament with a win against Madison County (25-20, 25-14), followed by a three-set loss to Chestatee. 

In the nightcap, North Hall beat East Forsyth (25-20, 25-22). 

Up next, North Hall faces North Oconee in the elimination round at 5 p.m. Thursday at Chestatee. 

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