The Glynn Academy volleyball team won the Region 2-6A volleyball championship on Saturday to earn a No. 1 seed going into the state tournament, which begins this weekend.
The Lady Terrors (24-20, 7-1 in region play) will host Evans High School (19-18) at 2 p.m. on Saturday for a best-of-five match to advance to the second round. If the Terrors win Saturday, the team will host a second-round playoff game on Oct. 24.
During last weekend’s region tournament, Glynn Academy swept Brunswick in three straight games, 25-16, 25-18 and 25-21 to advance to the finals against Richmond Hill (22-11) with a 7-1 record in region play.
It took five sets for the Lady Terrors to win the back-and-forth match. Glynn won the first game 27-25, lost the second 20-25, won the third 25-16, lost the fourth 18-25 and won the deciding game 15-12.
“Richmond Hill is a very good team,” said Lady Terrors head coach Jon Ricketts. “We had to execute our game plan. We adjusted to them.”
It took a real team effort to clinch the region title, he said.
Brayleigh Tompkins had five digs, 45 assists, four kills and an ace. Savannah Serafini had 15 digs, one ace, seven kills, three assists and a block. Macyn Nasser had 10 kills, eight blocks, three aces and one assist while Montana Jackson had 13 kills and four blocks. Lily Hidalgo had five digs, 15 kills, two blocks and one assist. Kelsey Cabiness had four kills and one block, andnd Skylar Perez had 58 digs, two assists and two aces.
The opportunity to host at least two home games, assuming they win Saturday, is “huge,” Ricketts said.
The Lady Terrors have a young team that Ricketts said is still learning to play with some consistency.
“I have seen this team beat some of the best teams on our schedule and lose to some teams who lost to the teams we beat,” he said. “We have grown, but we’ve taken two steps back at times. As a coach, it’s not what I want to see.”
Ricketts said he scheduled tough non-conference games to battle test his players before the start of region play for a good reason.
“We played 40-plus matches, but only the region games count,” he said.
The challenge ahead is preparing to play a team he knows nothing about, other than Evans’ record. If any film is available, it will be found on social media and it won’t give him lots of information. It will take adjustments from game to game to win when the teams meet 2 p.m. Saturday.
“We will have to be on our ‘A’ game,” he said.
Brunswick High, (17-13 overall, 2-6 region) is a No. 4 seed in the tournament. The team will travel to face Region 3 No. 1 seed Lakeside-Evans (36-4-1) on Saturday. Lakeside is located in the same county as Glynn Academy’s opponent.
Lady Pirates volleyball coach Nagene Thomas acknowledges her team is an underdog against Lakeside, but she believes her team is capable of an upset.
“Anytime, whoever shows up and plays, it’s doable,” she said. “We don’t have anything to lose.”