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Posted: October 8, 2011 7:45 p.m.

NHS softball, volleyball make state

Newton's two girls' teams moved on to play in the Class AAAAA playoffs in softball and volleyball after earning berths in their respective region tournaments. Unfortunately for Alcovy, the same can't be said.

Alcovy softball was knocked out last week while the Lady Tigers' volleyball team put on a spirited effort at the area tournament but were unable to work their way through and earn a state berth.

Alcovy volleyball won its opener Thursday over Forest Park to move on in the winners' bracket before Dutchtown took the next match in two games. The Lady Tigers fought back in a close match with Mundy's Mill to stay alive but were unable to keep the momentum against Ola, a team they'd beaten in the regular season.

Despite Alcovy volleyball's loss in the area tournament, they won the first two playoff games in school history and nearly overcame long odds as a No. 7 seed in the 13-team tournament. Alcovy's are is one of the largest in the state, making earning a state playoff berth even tougher. The Lady Tigers had to win four matches to make it, in stark contrast to the majority of the basketball teams that typically need just one win in the region tournament to advance.

Eastside volleyball was also unable to make it past the area tournament. The Lady Eagles opened tournament play with a win over Chestatee but lost their second match to West Hall, relegating them to t a must-win Saturday. Eastside was unable to get past Walnut Grove in an upset.

Katie Johnston was named Area Player of the Year. Katie's sister Sidney Johnston and Tiffany Lo were named All-Area Second Team.

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