Two county lineups entered Saturday’s Area 2-7A volleyball tournament at Wheeler High on a collision course to meet again in this year’s championship.
Both East Coweta and Newnan reached last year’s Class 7A Elite 8.
The Lady Indians, however, ended up on top late Saturday afternoon just as they did earlier this season while hosting the annual Coweta Cup tri-match.
East Coweta now takes a coveted No. 1 seed from 2-7A into the GHSA tournament.
The GHSA also will not have a separate Elite 8 bracket for the first time in recent memory, keeping all 32 qualifiers together for the entirety of the state playoffs. In prior years, the eight quarterfinalists had been re-seeded by a state panel.
East Coweta joins Northgate as a No. 1 seed heading into the state tournament.
Northgate punched its ticket to the Class 6A volleyball tournament Thursday night with a victory over Douglas County in the Area 5-6A championship.
The tournament was played over a three-day period at Northgate with the Lady Vikings winning the title without dropping a set.
In the championships, Northgate took control of the first set against Douglas County building an 11-0 lead,
“We made it our goal that we were going to come out hard and fast and be ready to play and that is what we did,” said Lady Vikings head coach Sheila Walker on winning the program’s fourth straight region title.
Northgate goes into the state tournament as the No. 1 seed out of the region, while Douglas County earned the No. 2 seed.
Both Northgate and Douglas will open the state tournament next week at home.
South Paulding gets the No 3 seed, and Tri-Cities the fourth seed. South Paulding and Tri-Cities will open on the road.
Trinity Christian, meanwhile, turned its first season of GHSA volleyball into a runner-up finish to powerhouse Eagle’s Landing Christian after reaching the finals of the Area 2AA/A tournament hosted by ELCA in McDonough.
The Lady Lions, who won five GISA championships, will host a first-round state match in the Class AA/A Private tournament following the GHSA’s shift from separate AA and A playoffs for all schools.
Trinity enters the state playoffs at 27-6 overall.
Entering the tournament as the No. 2 seed behind ELCA, Trinity held off third-seed Landmark Christian 2-1 to reach the finals.
The host Lady Chargers, who had handed Trinity one of its two losses against AA/A opponents during the regular season, came through with a 3-0 victory to claim the title on its home court.
Trinity Christian had two players named to both the All-Tournament and All-Area teams announced following the championship match. Savannah Poling and Addy Taylor were named All-Tournament and Keelia Jordan and Stevee Kirkland made All-Area for the Lady Lions.
Home court expects to be a theme for county schools. Heritage School is one of four No. 1 seeds heading into next weekend’s GISA State Tournament at The Heritage Center.