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Young Lady Mavs take second place in Georgia tournament

Anderson County High School’s young volleyball team took second place in a tournament in Georgia Saturday.

The event featured some top teams in the Southeast, and the Lady Mavericks (14-10) won their pool with victories over NW Whitfield (25-21, 25-23) and Gordon Lee (25-21, 25-23).

ACHS picked up two wins over Coahulla Creek, the host school, (25-23, 29-27 in preliminary play) and 25-20, 25-18 in the tournament semifinals.

The Lady Mavericks, who split a pair of District 4-AA matches on the road, sweeping Fulton Thursday and losing to Gibbs in Corryton on Tuesday, Sept. 6, in four sets, dropped a thriller in the championship match to Somersville (Georgia) 25-23, 25-23.

Anderson County Coach Jayme Smith said she was pleased with her team’s effort Saturday.

“I was happy with the way we played,” she said. “I was really pleased with the team. When we lost against Gibbs, we just didn’t have the intensity that we needed to have.

“At the tournament, I thought the girls played as a team. We were good all day Saturday. It proved that when push comes to shove, we can compete.”

The Lady Mavericks faced some adversity, but Smith said they withstood the hard times and defeated some of Georgia’s toughest Class 4A teams.

“I thought that we had the opportunities to just give up and lose the match and just move on,” Smith said.

“We battled. Somersville had two or three girls that were six feet tall, and you could tell that they have been playing volleyball for a long time.

“The younger players are getting better and we battled against them.”