The 2019 Toombs County volleyball team made school history by beating Brooks County 25-15, 25-18 and 25-14 in the first round of the GHSA State Tournament to advance to the Sweet 16. On Wednesday at 5 p.m. the girls will travel back to Jonesboro to face Elite Scholars Academy with the winner moving into the Elite 8.
Freshman Zariah Newkirk served 11 aces (serves not returned) and she had 7 kills at the net. Hannah Varnadoe had 5 kills, Katie Perry and Elle Bullard each tallied 3, Abbie Roberts 2 and Jaslynn Smith and Courtney McCoy 1 each.
In 2012 TCHS almost won their first round state tourney match at home against Early County.
Early won the first two sets 25-21 and 25-20 despite Toombs taking the early lead on the serving of Darby Lane. The Net Dawgs led 8-0 in the first set. Daisy Manning served several winning points as TCHS took the third set 25-18 and then the girls dominated the fourth winning 25-11.
In the decisive fifth game Early took a 9-4 lead before TCHS rallied and tied it at 14. The final set is played to 15 points and you have to win by two and Early won the final two points to prevail 16-14.