Indian Volleyball Into Elite 8
The Vidalia High School volleyball team is into the Elite 8 in just their second year with a varsity program. Vidalia played two matches last week and won both of them in three straight sets. On Wednesday they hosted the Wildcats of Laney and then after defeating them, moved on to host Early County on Saturday.
VHS vs. Laney
Laney was the #2 seed out of Area 1. VHS is the #1 seed out of Area 3. In the first set VHS got out to a 5-2 lead early and then went on a run to push the lead to 11-3. VHS opened up a 17-3 lead after continued from page
the midway break. Anna Blount went on a run serving for the Indians as they were up 22-8 late in the set.
VHS picked up the win in the first set 25-8 over Laney.
In the second set they led 10-6. VHS went on another run as they took the second set 25-13. They rolled in the third set to a 25-6 win to sweep the Wildcats.
VHS vs. Early
VHS has set another mark for the program as not only did they win Area in just their second year of varsity and third year of the program, but they have now punched their ticket to the Elite 8 after defeating Early County at home on Saturday. Early was the #2 seed out of Area 1.
The Lady Indians got off to a slow start in the first set, trailing the Lady Bobcats 8-2. After a timeout, Rachel Ellison served 17 straight points for the Lady Indians to give them the lead for good. VHS took the first set 25-13. Got a win in the second set 25-15, and closed out the match with the sweep in the third set, 25-8. Head Coach Sandi Calloway spoke of the journey, “You know three years isn’t a very long time, and we have come so far in this short time frame it’s really unbelievable. I mean, we really didn’t know what we were doing, and we have had some people help us along the way, but it’s incredible to see how far we have come in such a short time.”
“I think we were a little overconfident,” said Calloway. “But I called the timeout and reminded them of what they had been told this week about Early and to play our game. So we made those adjustments, and then Rachel got up to serve and did a phenomenal job and pretty much put the nail in the coffin.”
Calloway added, “The highest compliment the girls received today was when the Head Official of today’s game told them they were a class act…and that they truly are! I am beyond blessed to be a part of this team!”
The Quarterfinals will be held Wednesday, and VHS will take on Pace Academy on the road in Atlanta. The first game of the match will begin at 5:30 p.m.