The Carrollton High School volleyball team took care of business in the opening round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs on Wednesday evening, making quick work of visiting Clarkston in a 3-0 sweep.
The top-seeded Lady Trojans carried the momentum from their historic area championship run from Saturday by delivering 25-10, 25-7, 25-12 victories over the fourth-seeded Lady Angoras.
Carrollton head coach Kasey Austin was proud to see her squad come out focused and not have any letdown from the emotional weekend performance.
"We were prepared. We had heard that they had a big block, so we practiced that all week. And just because they were a four seed, we weren't going to underestimate them at all. So we wanted to come out and play at a high level, and we did," Austin said. "We've been practicing all week and the girls were at the top of their game. Just positive attitude, play to factor with energy and playing smart and knowing our opponent. I really think that helped us get the win in three sets to none. That's what we wanted to do."
After playing a lot of points and four matches on Saturday, the Lady Trojans were able to get on and off the court in quick fashion for the first-round sweep, which Austin said was another positive moving deeper into the bracket.
"It felt good. Things are still going well and they never dropped their game. They still played at a really high level, which is good for us because we kind of struggled with that through the season with our momentum and finishing," Austin said. "So for them to come out and just continue to get point after point and run play after play, I was really proud of them. Everybody was able to contribute and everybody had a great attitude on and off the court. So overall, it was a great win."
Carrollton will serve host to second-seeded Loganville in the second round next Tuesday after the Lady Red Devils swept fourth-seeded North Springs in a 3-0 match in the first round.
Loganville is ranked No. 8 in Class AAAAA and comes out of a tough area that features the reigning state champion.
"They're the two seed to Buford, who won it last year. So we'll be on our toes. We'll be looking to see what we can do to kind of have the advantage over them," Austin said. "But we get to host, so advantage us. I'm hoping things go our way there, too."