Peachtree Academy sets off 2014 vol­ley­ball sea­son

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The Pan­ther vol­ley­ball team kicked off the 2014 sea­son in high fash­ion with three -straight wins at home this past week.

On Mon­day, the Pan- thers hosted Prov­i­dence Chris­tian, win­ning 3- 0 in a best of five for­mat,

as the Pan­ther at­tack over­whelmed the vis­it­ing War­riors of­fen­sively and de­fen­sively. In the game, the Pan­thers were led by ju­nior Cal­lie Barnes, who was the leader of a dev­as­tat­ing serve at­tack by the Pan­thers. Over­all, it was a good game to start the sea­son and to get back in the flow from their suc­cess­ful 2013 campaign.

On Tues­day, the Pan­thers took on a strong New Cre­ation Chris­tian team that they had great bat­tles with last year. It did not dis­ap­point the fans as the teams fought hard and had some tremen­dous vol­leys dur­ing the en­tire match. The Pan­thers did pre­vail, as eighth grader Maxie Maddox took over, and again, led a serv­ing on­slaught to wear the vis­it­ing Cru­saders down. Maxie was also a strong force on the net and showed why she is one of the best spik­ers on the squad. Maxie and her team­mates took down New Cre­ation 3-0.

On Thurs­day, the Pan­thers took on peren­nial pow­er­house Creek­side out of McDonough. Un­like ear­lier in the week, the Pan­thers came out flat and looked over­matched in the first game, drop­ping a 25-17 de­ci­sion. But as they have shown many times un­der the care­ful eye of head coach Lisa Marie Peter­son, the team col­lected it­self and showed why it will be one of the teams to beat in the GICAA this year.

Coach Peter­son’s squad took the floor and pro­ceeded to dis­man­tle the strong Creek­side team in three straight games, tak­ing the match 3-1. By the fourth game, the mo­men­tum had swung so far to the Pan­thers, that they scored the first seven points in the clinch­ing game. The win ex­tended the Pan­ther’s un­beaten streak to three games to start the sea­son.

To round out the vol­ley­ball suc­cess dur­ing the first week, the Mid­dle School squad, led by head coach Karen White, went 2-0 with con­vinc­ing wins over Prov­i­dence and Creek­side. The JV Pan­thers com­pleted the week 2-1 with wins against Prov­i­dence and New Cre­ation and the lone loss to Creek­side. Play by Nikki Blake and Rylee Smith high­lighted the play for the JV squad.

Next week, the Pan­thers travel to New Cre­ation on Mon­day, for a re­match of last week’s game and then travel to Com­mu­nity Chris­tian on Tues­day.

Sub­mit­ted photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

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