Southeast High School Raiders

October 23, 2013

Marist denies Southeast Whitfield in second round of state volleyball

Like last year, Southeast Whitfield High School’s volleyball team returned from a trip Tuesday to Marist School with its season over.

The Lady Raiders lost in three sets, 25-12, 25-7, 25-13, to the Lady War Eagles in the second round of the Class 4A state tournament. Almost a year ago, Southeast played and lost to the eventual state champions, Sandy Creek, at Marist’s gym in the state semifinals.

Southeast coach Bethany Kenemer said simulation in practice wasn’t enough to prepare for the talented and experienced Lady War Eagles’ roster.

“They were digging up balls that would normally be kills,” Kenemer said. “They were running sets and plays that we had never seen before.”

Angie Purkey had nine assists and nine digs for Southeast (30-13). Wendy Perez and Serena Ramsey each had five kills, and Gaby Gonzalez added three. Yasmeen Paloblanco had 12 digs, and Melisa Fraire had nine digs.

Marist (30-12) has won nine state championships, according to the school’s website, and owns six state titles since the Georgia High School Association began recognizing volleyball as a sport in 1994. The Lady War Eagles’ last championship came in 2006, but they advanced to the semifinals last season.

“In the third game, even though it was 25-13, we really battled in that game,” Kenemer said. “There were some phenomenal rallies — pass, set and hit. It was back and forth. There was some great volleyball.”

For the fifth consecutive season, the Lady Raiders reached the second round of the state postseason bracket. Last year’s run to the semifinals was the only of those five seasons with Southeast advancing past the second round.

“Honestly, I am super proud of the way they played tonight,” Kenemer added. “There is no shame in losing to a team like Marist. We had two freshmen and two sophomores who didn’t have a whole lot of playing time on varsity. For them to play a team like Marist is only a good thing.”

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