The Newnan Lady Cougars meant business Wednesday night in the first round of the state high school volleyball playoffs.
In front of a large and loud home crowd at the Max Bass Gymnasium, Newnan won in straight sets over Woodstock to advance to the second round.
The final scores were 25-14, 25-13 and 25-20.
It was their 33rd win of the season, and their 15th consecutive match victory.
Mattie Lovett once again provided the power from the front row. She had 18 kills in the match and ended both the first and second sets with winners. She owned the front row and intimidated the opponent with laser-like strikes that carried speed and velocity.
The match ended on a Keely James serve that
Ironically, it was just the eighth of 42 matches that went longer than two sets. Head Coach Precious White said after the match, “We changed a couple of things around, and we synched back up. Overall, we were good in one and two, we just had to figure out how to fire on all cylinders in that third set.”
The Lady Cougars return to action on Saturday at home when they welcome in the North Forsyth Lady Raiders (40-7). The Lady Raiders were the regular season champions in region 8-6A but were upset in the region tournament by Jackson County and took the two-seed.
It will be a rematch from the 2017 season when the Lady Cougars defeated the Lady Raiders in five sets, including a 15-10 fifth set that cemented the Cougars victory.
North Forsyth was ranked fifth in the final regular season standings, while Newnan finished seventh.