Sunday October 1st, 2023 10:24PM

Volleyball: GHS gets 1st 6-7A win; Bluff, Chestatee dominate quad matches

By AccessWDUN Staff

GAINESVILLE — The Gainesville girls volleyball team won its first Region 6-7A match of the season rallying from two sets down to beat South Forsyth in a best-of-five matchup.

The Lady Red Elephants lost two close sets to open the match, 25-22 and 26-24, but stormed from behind to win the final three 25-14, 25-22, and 15-8 at the Gainesville gym.

Isabella Garrish and Jay Maldonado both had huge matches to lead Gainesville (15-11, 1-1 Region 6-7A). Garrish had 22 assists, 22 digs, 2 aces, 6 kills, and a block while Maldonado poured in 22 kills, 22 digs, 2 assists, and an ace. 

Kerrigan Gruhn added 14 kills, 17 digs, and 2 aces, Makezny Butler chipped in with 3 kills, 2 digs, and a block, and Avery Lindsey had 18 assists, 4 digs, and an ace. Margaret Embry added 20 digs and 3 assists, Hannah Stewart had 4 kills, 2 blocks, and a dig, and Natalie Brown added a kill, a block, and dig for the Lady Red Elephants.  

Callie Patterson had 2 kills, a block, and a dig, Savannah Brock had 3 digs, and Abbey Council had three digs and 5 aces, including on match point.

Gainesville next will travel to Athens on Tuesday for a tri-match with Athens Academy and George Walton.


Cherokee Bluff swept Banks County and Rabun County and held off Habersham Central in three sets to sweep a quad-match in Mt. Airy.

Bluff opened with a three-set win over the host Lady Raiders 25-23, 23-25, 15-8 win and then spiked Banks County 25-16 and 25-11. The Lady Bears closed out the day with a 25-7, 25-15 win over Rabun County.

GB Cornett had 16 assists, 7 aces, 6 kills, 6 digs and 2 blocks to lead Cherokee Bluff. Sage Sutulovich had 23 kills, 4 digs, 3 aces, and 2 blocks, Madelyn Levine had 23 assists, 6 digs and 3 aces, and Emma Staples had 16 kills, 10 aces and 8 digs for the Lady Bears.

Abbi Hutchins had 20 digs and 9 aces, Olivia Owens had 7 blocks, 3 kills and 3 digs, Sierra Piland had 9 blocks and 2 kills, and Brandyn Peterson had 5 Blocks and 1 kill for Cherokee Bluff.


The Lady War Eagles rallied past Centennial 19-25, 25-21, and 15-11 to get things started and held off Duluth 25-19 and 25-20. They finished with a tight three-set win over the host Lady Longhorns 25-15, 17-25, and 16-14.

A pair of freshmen paced the Chestatee attack. Valiree Schmus had 25 kills, 24 digs, and 4 aces while Kadence Wolfe had 23 kills, 5 digs, and 3 aces for the Lady War Eagles.

Senior Arianna Hernandez added 28 digs and 1 ace and sophomore Abby Allgood had 8 aces. Senior Riley Allison contributed with 8 kills and 6 digs

Allgood and fellow setter Emily Graham paced the offense with 29 assists combined.

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