Glynn Academy entered the Area 2-6A tournament as the No. 2 seed but left with a region championship and a No. 1 seed for the Class 6A state playoffs.
The Lady Terrors defeated Richmond Hill in the first round and Effingham County twice to claim the championship.
In their first match against Richmond Hill, Glynn swept the Lady Wildcats 25-14, 25-19 to set up a match with Effingham County in the winners bracket of the double elimination tournament.
Bliss Hutchings and Savannah Serafini led the Lady Terrors against Richmond Hill with seven kills each, and Braylee Tompkins tallied 11 assists. Defensively, Erin Osbourn had three blocks while Morgan Overly (15), Serafini (13) and Jazmine Richardson (12) each had double digit digs.
The win set up a showdown with No. 1 seed Effingham County. The Lady Terrors won a tense three-set matchup 25-23, 20-25, 31-29.
“It was definitely a great match,” said Glynn coach Jon Ricketts.
Overly led Glynn’s attack with 19 kills while Serafini added 12. Hutchings set up the Lady Terror hitters with 17 assists while Tompkins contributed 16 assists.
Defensively, Macyn Nasser and Osbourn each contributed six blocks. Glynn also tallied a lot of digs with Richardson’s 39 leading the way. Overly added 37 digs while Serafini and Savannah Lyons added 35 and 24 digs respectively.
The win put Glynn in the championship match against the winner of Effingham and Richmond Hill in the losers bracket final. Effingham won, but the extra match seemed to take a toll in the championship as Glynn won 25-20, 25-19, 25-9.
“The biggest key is not to get into the losers bracket,” Ricketts said. “It’s tough because if you lose that second match, you’ve got to play another one usually against a pretty good team. Effingham had to play Richmond Hill and Richmond Hill played them close. It definitely worked in our favor.”
Overly’s 15 kills led the way for Glynn while Serafina added 10. Hutchings had 18 assists to go with her five kills, and Anna Lee Mathews contributed 17 assists. Nasser and Osbourn had six blocks each with Richardson’s 28 digs leading the way. Serafini added 27 digs with Lyons added 22.
Up next for Glynn is a first-round match in the Class 6A playoffs. Glynn will face Mt. Zion-Jonesboro out of Area 4 on Thursday. The time of the match is still to be determined.
College of Coastal Georgia’s volleyball team lost a road conference tri-match Saturday.
The Mariners (4-9 overall, 3-3 The Sun) lost to Ave Maria 3-2 and Keiser University 3-1 in a Sun Conference tri-match at West Palm Beach, Fla.
Against Ave Maria, the Mariners lost 25-23, 25-23,22-25,17-25,15-12. Kyra White’s 18 kills paced Coastal with Laney Green’s 23 digs leading the defensive effort. Alexis Downey added five blocks and six aces for the Mariners.
Against Keiser, the Mariners split the first two sets 25-23, 18-25 before losing the final two sets 25-23, 29-27. Ehize Omoghibo led Coastal with 17 kills while Green tallied 28 assists.