Tuesday February 27th, 2024 9:16AM

Volleyball playoffs: NoFo, Bluff, NHall, Union Co. all advance to Sweet 16

By AccessWDUN Staff

The 2022 Georgia High School Association volleyball playoffs continued on Wednesday around the state with Classes 6A, 4A, and 2A getting started with opening round matches.

Four more Northeast Georgia-area teams -- North Forsyth, Cherokee Bluff, North Hall, and Union County -- advanced to the second round with wins.

In Class 6A, North Forsyth was the only Area 8-6A team to advance, holding off Lassiter, 3-1, in Coal Mountain. The Lady Raiders opened with 25-18 and 30-28 wins in the first two sets, lost 25-21 in the third set, and closed out the match 25-20 to advance.

Area 8-6A champ Jackson County, however, was stunned 3-2 in five grueling sets by Johns Creek while Gainesville lost in straight sets to Pope, 25-10, 25-17, 25-11 on the road.

Playing at home, the Lady Panthers got off to a solid start winning the first set 25-23. But Johns Creek battled back to win the second and third sets, 25-21 and 25-23, before Jackson County roared back in the fourth, 25-21, to send it to a fifth and deciding set. Johns Creek, however, held on 15-13 to knock out the Lady Panthers.

In Class 4A, Area 8-4A champion Cherokee Bluff breezed through its first-round match against Southeast Whitfield at home, 25-17, 25-8, 25-7 to advance to the Sweet 16. The Lady Bears will play host to perennial power Westminster on Saturday.

North Hall, the third seed from Area 8-4A, also advanced, knocking off Central-Carroll on the road on Wednesday. The Lady Trojans jumped out to a 2-0 lead winning the opening sets 25-19 and 25-14 before Central-Carrol rallied for a 26-24 win in the third set. North Hall closed out the match in the fourth, 25-23, to move on.

North Hall will get to stay home on Saturday in the second round. The Lady Trojans will play host to Holy Innocents’ after the Area 5-4A No. 4 seed Lady Golden Bears took down Area 6-4A champ Walnut Grove, 3-0, in the first round. 

But a young Chestatee group, seeded second out of 8-4A, could not get past a tough Heritage-Catoosa squad, losing 3-2 in a heartbreaker. The Lady War Eagles looked like they were going to roll to an easy win after taking the first two sets 26-24 and 25-21. But the Lady Generals roared back, winning the final three sets 25-20, 25-22 and 15-6 to knock out Chestatee.

Union County staged the biggest comeback on the night in Class 2A against Murray County. The Lady Panthers fell behind 2-0 after the Lady Indians opened with 25-22 and 25-17 wins in the first two sets. But Union County found its groove taking the final three sets 25-19, 25-22, and 15-12 to move on to the Elite 8.

Union County, the No. 3 seed from Area 8-2A, will travel to Area 6-2A champion Mount Paran Christian on Saturday.

In Class A, Rabun County’s run ended in the first round, falling 3-1 to Dade County (25-20, 24-26, 25-10, 25-9) on the road.

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