ATLANTA – The second round of the Class AAAA playoffs was as far as the Chapel Hill volleyball team would go this season following a 3-0 road loss to St. Pius X on Tuesday.
The Panthers final match of 2017 wasn’t as exciting as their win in the playoff opener over West Hall since St. Pius dominated from the opening serve until the final point with official set scores of 25-6, 25-7 and 25-6.
“We knew this game was going to be a huge challenge so it’s not unexpected to us,” Chapel Hill coach Jeremy Anderson said. “I would've liked to have seen them do a little bit better than they did but that can't take away from their season. They had a great season.”
After falling into huge holes in the first two sets, Chapel Hill began the third set in promising fashion but St. Pius scored 16 straight points to insure the sweep.
“To make it to the top 16 again is always a challenge but I told the girls during the game there are a ton of other girls in high school that have never seen this and you get to see this,” Anderson said. “It’s something special for them.”
Anderson said the team will lose five seniors.
“I told the girls they will remember this for the rest of their life because they won big games,” Anderson said. “They got to play in big games. They got to hold trophies. They had a great run.”
Next, the Golden Lions (32-11) will compete in the championship bracket, which is scheduled to begin Saturday. A seeding meeting today will determine the Golden Lions next opponent.
“I'm willing to bet we will be the fourth seed but stranger things have happened,” St. Pius coach John Frederick said. “ou never know what the committee is going to do. We will probably be the fourth seed and play the five here but we could go on the road as the five seed.”
Coco Rakoski led the Golden Lions with seven kills and Abby Brown had 11 assists.
“I played all 15 kids and we rotated things around and everybody just did their own individual jobs and did them well,” Frederick said. “It’s nice when a group is this deep and this solid and you don't have a letdown when you change the rosters around like we did. We got a contribution from everybody. They executed their stuff and the other team wasn't able to cope with it very well.”