Douglas County made the drive to Suwanee on Tuesday evening to take on North Gwinnett in a Class 6, Sweet 16, state volleyball match. The Lady Tigers were no match for the Lady Bulldogs, falling in three straight games; 9-25, 3-25 and 13-25.
Despite the loss, DC had an incredible run in 2014, which calumniated in a state first round victory over Tift County High School. Before this season, no Lady Tiger volleyball team had reached the state playoff. This year’s squad managed to accomplish this first, and also pick up the school’s first state tourney victory in the sport.
“They are ecstatic about what they accomplished this year and they can wear this badge of honor for the rest of their lives,” said DCHS coach Lee Spoor. “We started pretty slow and nearly everyone was new to the team, including myself. We spent a few weeks getting to know each other, and had to battle illness and injuries, but we started to gel in September.”
While the team accomplished a lot of firsts, Douglas County still has a long way to go to complete with the top tier schools in the state like North Gwinnett, which has won its region every year since 2009.
The Lady Bulldogs entered the Sweet 16 match after beating Kennesaw Mountain in the opening round of the tourney in four games.
Tuesday night against the Lady Tigers, North Gwinnett was led by Missouri commit, Alyssa Munlyn and Carson Nevels. Munlyn is a 6-foot middle hitter who, according the Spoor, has a vertical leap where when she jumps, “her chest comes up to the top of the net.”
“My middles are really good but they could not get high enough to block her,” Spoor added.
Nevels, a 6-foot lefty, played as an outside hitter, and Spoor said he does not think his team was able to stop her from scoring all night.
“I think my girls were a little intimidated off the bus after seeing the size of their team,” Spoor said. “They would hammer it at us and then tip it over our heads.”
While the loss might sting a little, the pain will be short lived as DC returns nearly their entire team in 2015. Douglas County has only two seniors, Katie Baskin and Adriana Williams.
“They are already chomping at the bit for more next year,” Spoor said.