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September 6, 2013

Prep roundup: Lady Lions continue to impress on volleyball court

Christian Heritage School assistant volleyball coach Lisa Donahue believed her team could compete this year against bigger, more established programs in northwest Georgia.

But the Lady Lions have done one better — they’re beating them.

Christian Heritage topped visiting Dalton 25-22, 25-18, 25-19 on Thursday, the second time the Class A school has defeated the Class 4A program this season and the fifth win against a nearby higher-classification team.

It’s the second year of competition in the Georgia High School Association for the Lady Lions, a former member of the Georgia Independent School Association, and the first year as community coach at Christian Heritage for Donahue, who formerly held that title at Dalton.

Jessica Seehorn had 18 assists and three kills for the Lady Lions (8-2), while Savannah Roberson chipped in eight kills, plus seven aces, Brenna Mugge tallied eight digs and three aces, and Molly Porter finished with five aces and three kills.

“We played well and then had a lull where we weren’t moving,” Donahue said, noting that in the second and third sets Christian Heritage trailed early. “It felt good to get a win against a bigger school and a program like Dalton.”

The Lady Lions have also beaten Heritage-Catoosa, Murray County and North Murray this year. But for Donahue, it’s all about setting up league play.

“In the beginning of the season, I thought we could compete with the bigger schools,” Donahue said. “If we could, and even win, it helps us more going into our (Area 4-A) play.

“All the programs around here in northwest Georgia have come around in the last eight years or so.”

For Dalton (2-10), Macie Noles and Ashleigh Peters each had 11 digs, while Peters also added four kills. Katie Wilson had 27 assists and Lyndsey Parker added 12. Alejandra had 10 kills, while Hannah Cox added four.

Lady Catamounts coach Joey Wills wasn’t discouraged by the result.

“We’re playing better as a team and coming together,” he said.

• Southeast Whitfield beat Ridgeland 25-17, 25-18 before losing 25-21, 25-22 to host Gordon Lee.

The Lady Raiders (7-5) were aided by Wendy Perez’s 18 kills and five blocks, Angie Purkey’s 35 assists, Yasmeen Paloblanco’s 18 digs, Melisa Fraire’s 12 digs, Yolanda Melgarejo’s 10 kills and Serena Ramsey’s nine kills.

• Murray County beat Chattooga 25-21, 16-25, 25-20 and lost 25-15, 25-16 to Calhoun in a tri-match at home.

Kathryn Hill had six kills for the Lady Indians (3-15, 3-1 Area 5-2A). Chassidy Dixon and Alex Johnson each had five kills, while Johnson also tallied 30 assists. Heidy Cabral added 17 assists, Tiffany Markey finished with nine digs and Kathryn Hill had six digs and eight aces.

• North Murray did not report its results from a scheduled home tri-match against Heritage and Rome by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

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