LaFayette up to No. 6 in state rankings
The LaFayette Lady Ramblers climbed to No. 6 in the latest Score Atlanta Class AAAA volleyball poll last week and went 3-1 in four matches.
On Tuesday, they took a pair of matches from visiting Pickens in south Walker County.
The first match, which counted in the Area 6-AAAA standings, saw the Orange-andBlack post a 25-20, 25-13 victory, while the second match - a non-area one - was claimed by LaFayette, 25-20 and 25-10.
Sophomore hitters Jillian Morgan and Gracie Stier had the heaviest hammers for the Lady Ramblers as each recorded 15 kills. Morgan added four blocks, while Stier recorded 16 digs. Katie Dixon picked up eight kills and 16 digs, while Emily Redden had 37 assists to with seven digs.
Bailey Tarvin finished with nine digs, followed by Riley Smith and Blakley Lankford with eight each. Lankford also added four aces. Other contributors included Michaela Hobbs (3 digs), Darsey Shields (4 digs, 2 aces) and Elaina Kirkendoll (1 kill, 1 block).
The Calhoun Lady Jackets, who fell out of the Class AAA Top 10 poll this week, still showed why they are a solid club by beat the Lady Ramblers, 27-25, 1325 and 25-22, Thursday night in Gordon County.
LaFayette, however, bounced back for a 25-13, 25-13 win over unranked Woodland-Cartersville in the nightcap.
Morgan had 13 kills, seven aces and five blocks for the Lady Ramblers, who are now 19-6 overall on the season. Stier had 11 digs and eight kills. Dixon finished with six digs and four kills, while Redden recorded 27 assists to go with three digs and two aces.
Other contributors for the Lady Ramblers included Tarvin (13 digs, 7 aces, 3 kills), Lankford (5 digs, 3 aces), Kirkendoll (4 kills) and Smith (2 digs). Shields had four digs and a kill against Woodland, while Hobbs had five digs and nine aces against the Lady Wildcats.
LaFayette (19-6) will join Model for a trimatch this Tuesday at Dade County. The Lady Ramblers will play matches at 6 and 7 p.m. On Thursday, they will head to Chatsworth with Gilmer for a tri-match at North Murray, starting at 5 p.m.