Advancing to the second round of the GHSA State Tourney has been a real challenge for the Toombs County volleyball team. The Net Dawgs lost in four incredibly close sets at Haralson County in the first round of the 2015 state tourney. Haralson puled out the victory 23-25, 26-24, 25-23 and 25-22.
In 2014 the Net Dawgs traveled Westside-Augusta and lost in three sets in the state tourney. In 2013 TCHS played host to Jefferson and lost 25-6, 25-13 and 25-5.
In 2012 Toombs lost a heartbreaking five set match to Early County. Early won the first two sets 25-21 and 25-20 despite TCHS taking the early lead on the serving of Darby Lane. The Lady Bulldogs led 8-0 in the first set. Daisy Manning served several winning points as TCHS took the third game 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.
TCHS Net Dawgs earn 4th straight trip to state and beat Islands for 3rd place in Region 1 AAA
The Toombs County volleyball team accomplished two major tasks on Saturday in the Region 1 AAA Tourney at Beach High School in Savannah. The Net Dawgs qualified for the GHSA State Tournament for the fourth straight year and the girls, for the first time this season, beat a team above them in standings. TCHS knocked off second seeded Islands in three set- 25-17, 10-25 and 25-23 to finish third in the region tourney. The two teams played three times during the regular season and Islands won a three-setter in a season opening tourney in Savannah and the Lady Sharks swept Toombs in straight sets in two other matches.
“Our girls just played smart volleyball and hustled and did whatever it took to get the ball over the net and force Islands to make digging and hitting errors,” head coach Brad Braddy said. “Tanesha Rice successfully made two critical serves at the end to close out the last set. The team did not let mistakes get them down and we had alot of girls make great plays at critical points in the match.”
Toombs opened the tourney with a 25-14 and 25-15 win over Savannah High which qualifed the Net Dawgs for more post season play. In their next match TCHS took on the tourney’s top seed Savannah Arts. The Lady Panthers entered the tourney with a 25-8 record. For the first time in three matches against Arts this season, the Net Dawgs hit double-digits in both sets losing 25-12 and 25-10. The girls did score 21 points against the Lady Panthers in the first set of a home match. Savannah Arts beat Southeast Bulloch for the region title.
TCHS will play Haralson County in the opening round of the state tourney on Wednesday. Haralson is the second seed from Region 5. The game will be played in Tallapoosa, which is located north of I-20 and Carrollton- 245 miles from Toombs County High School.
Four Net Dawgs were named to the Region 1 AAA All-Region Team- Shyann Davis (2nd year) and Breanne Stanley both were named to the first team, Katelyn Atchison made the second team and Katelyn Grimm was honorable mention.
Four seniors were honored immediately after the Toombs County volleyball team lost it’s final regular season game to Ware County 25-11 and 25-13, dropping the Net Dawgs record to 14-15. Watch a slideshow
The four seniors are Shyann Davis, who made the All Region 1 AAA team as a junior, Atlanta Ridgdill, Blanca Malina and Daisy Tinoco.
The junior varsity team beat Ware in three sets- 21-25, 25-18 and 25-22. The girls finished fourth in the recent junior varsity tournament.
The Toombs County Volleyball team is 13-13 and sitting in fourth place in the region. The Net Dawgs have consistently beaten all the teams below them in the standings and lost to all the teams above them- Savannah Arts, Southeast Bulloch and Islands. However, they keep getting closer to knocking off one of the top three. Recently at home they battled SEB in a tough three setter and in their last home match they lost to Islands in two competitive sets 25-20 and 25-23. The girls also took care of Beach on that day winning 25-12 and 25-19.
The Net Dawgs will celebrate Senior Day on Monday October 5, The junior varsity will play Ware County at 4 p.m. and the varsity match will follow at 5 and then when that is completed the seniors will be honored. Watch a slideshow
The Toombs County volleyball team split two three set home matches against two region opponents. First the Net Dawgs avenged a two set loss to Jenkins High School, in Savannah by beating the Lady Warriors 25-13, 21-25 and 25-12. Watch a slideshow
Next Southeast Bullouch beat Jenkins 25-18 and 25-23 and then TCHS took on SEB. The Yellow Jackets defeated Toombs 25-23 and 25-13 on the first day of the season on a neutral court in Savannah. In a rematch in Brooklet SEB ruled 25-15 and 25-16.
In this third match up, the Net Dawgs lost a close first set 23-25 and then won an exciting second set 27-25. The third set was close until SEB pulled away late and won 25-17. That was only the fifth time the now 16-8 Yellow Jackets have dropped a set in a victory.
The Toombs County volleyball team had a challenging week. On Tuesday they traveled to Waycross. The 3A Net Dawgs beat 6A Tift County 25-17 and 25-10 and 4A Liberty County 25-14 and 29-17 and they lost to 4A Ware County 25-17 and 25-12. Watch a slideshow from the Savannah Arts match.
On Thursday TCHS played host to Savannah Arts, the top team in the region, and the Lady Panthers won 25-7 and 25-8.
There was a new player on the court wearing number 10. Katelyn Atchison, who transferred from Northridge High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, led the Net Dawgs in kills at the net. Katelyn has been playing volleyball since she was 12 years old. Although she was born in South Carolina, she started playing the sport in Ohio on a club team for 13-year olds. Atchison has also lived in North Carolina and Florida.
Last season at Northridge High School Katelyn was mentioned in the Tuscaloosa News as she led her team to a 3-0 win over Bessemer City. “Leading the win for Northridge was Katelyn Atchison with eight kills, one block and two aces.” Atchison also participated in track and field and was a jumper with personal records of 4-10 in the high jump, 15-4 in the long jump and 33 feet in the triple jump.
In their first 2015 match with West Laurens on the road the Toombs County High School volleyball team lost two sets to one. In their rematch in Lyons the Net Dawgs once again lost in three sets- 12-25, 25-20 and 20-25. Junior Breanne Stanley and senior Shyann Davis were very active around the net hitting over the taller visitors off passes from setter Atlanta Ridgdill. Watch a slideshow
The junior varsity match also went to West Laurens and the winning scores were 25-21 and 25-19.
The Toombs County volleyball team was the first squad to play another school in the new Toombs County High School Gym and the girls are the first to win as well. The Net Dawgs beat a pair of Coastal Empire teams. Toombs swept Johnson 25-8 and 25-10 and then later in the evening the girls beat Savannah 24-26, 25-19 and 25-20. Watch a slideshow