BY DOUG GORMAN
The Northgate Lady Vikings reached the finals of the Area 5 6A volleyball tournament Wednesday night and were waiting on the winner of the Douglas County-South Paulding match to see who they would play in the championship.
That championship was set to be played Thursday at 6:30 p.m at Northgate.
The tournament was scheduled to end Wednesday night, but after several hours of volleyball pushed the event late into the evening, coaches agreed to come back and finish the tournament on Thursday.
Details from Thursday’s action were not available in the print edition by deadline, but will appear on the newspaper’s website.
Northgate advanced into the finals without dropping a set in its first three matches.
The Lady Vikings opened the tournament with a 25-7, 25-8 victory over Langston Hughes on Tuesday before sweeping New Manchester 25-6, 25-14.
Northgate then held off South Paulding 25-14, 25-20 to advance to the finals.
Against New Manchester, the Lady Vikings built an early lead in the first set, jumping out a 14-3 lead and then putting it on cruise control the rest of the way.
The Lady Vikings’ outscored New Manchester 11-6 to close out the first set.
New Manchester tried to keep the second set close, cutting the Lady Vikings lead to 13-11 before getting outscored 11-4.
Against South Paulding Northgate built a 3-0 lead early. Emily Dozier had an early ace and Kaela Busby a block to give the Lady Vikings some momentum.
Kylie Callocchio play up front led to the Lady Vikings finishing off points.
After Northgate pushed the lead to 7-2, South Paulding made a run, cutting the Lady Vikings’ lead to 9-8.
That was as close as they could get.
Busby had back-to-back aces midway through the first set and and Northgate increased the 20-11 before South Paulding scored to cut the gap to 20-12.
Northgate finished the first set outscoring South Paulding 5-2.
South Paulding scored the first point of the second set, but their lead didn’t last long.
After Northgate tied the game at 1, Callocchio’s ace gave the Lady Vikings a 2-1 lead.
Midway through the second set, Callocchio had two kills with the second one giving the Lady Vikings a 10-8 lead.
South Paulding came back to tie the game at 10-all, but Northgate pushed the lead to 12-10.
Northgate let the South Paulding back in the game with four services errors that either went into the net or sailed out of bounds.