Southeast Whitfield High School’s volleyball team picked up three wins at the Lumpkin County Invitational Saturday, improving the Lady Raiders’ record to 4-3.
Southeast Whitfield beat Lumpkin County 25-14, 25-28, 15-9, Johnson-Gainesville 25-14, 21-25, 15-8, and Pickens 25-17, 25-7.
After starting the year with three losses in four matches, coach Bethany Kenemer saw a different attitude from her team Saturday.
“We’ve really worked hard on playing with intensity and playing as a team and really focused on after every play either saying to whoever messed up, ‘Hey, we’ve got your back,’ or celebrating after a point,” Kenemer said. “Instead of letting the bad things compound and get us down, we’ve really tried focusing on the positive stuff.”
Yasmeen Paloblanco finished with 24 digs and 11 aces throughout the three matches, while sophomore setter Angie Purkey had 61 assists.
Wendy Perez finished with a team-high 29 kills. Serena Ramsey added 17 kills, and Yolanda Melgarejo added 16 kills. Melisa Fraire added 10 aces and seven digs.
• Dalton (1-9) lost five matches at the Bradley Bash at Bradley Central in Cleveland, Tenn.
The Lady Cats lost four matches Saturday and one Friday. They fell to William Blount 25-16, 25-18, 25-20, Chattanooga Central 25-12, 25-11, 25-14, Bradley Central 25-5, 25-7, 25-10, and Bledsoe County 21-25, 25-21, 15-11, on Saturday. On Friday, Dalton lost to Macon County 25-15, 25-16, 25-16.
Ashleigh Peters finished with 48 kills for the weekend, while Alejandra Fraire added 30 kills. Lyndsey Parker had 94 assists, and Macie Noles added 56 digs.
Coach Joey Wills said the team has five varsity players out with either injuries or illness.
• North Murray was scheduled to compete in Rockmart’s The Rock Invitational but did not report results or return phone messages by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.
• Dalton competed in the Pickens Preview race at Roper Park in Jasper.
The boys finished 13th out of 20 teams, and the girls finished 16th out of 19 squads. South Forsyth won the boys side, followed by Milton in second and Cherokee in third. Milton won the girls race, followed by South Forsyth in second and West Forsyth in third.
For Dalton’s boys, Eduardo Loredo led the team with a 62nd-place finish in the 5K race and a time of 18 minutes, 57 seconds. The Cats’ other top-five runners were Sergio Aguirre (73rd, 19:08), Brandon Pineda (80th, 19:17), Jose Boyzo (97th, 19:36) and Erik Villalobos (107th, 19:51).
For the Lady Cats, Ashley Parham finished 73rd in 23:45. Their other top-five finishers were: Beronica Hernandez (82nd, 24:07), Lisa Sanchez (110th, 25:26), Monica Vega (112th, 25:27) and Sabiola Torres (113th, 25:33).
North Murray also was scheduled to compete in the Pickens Preview but did not report results or return phone messages by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.
• North Murray’s softball team was scheduled to face Cartersville, and Southeast’s softball team was scheduled to participate in the Buccaneer Bash at Allatoona in Acworth, but neither team reported results or returned phone messages by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.