The top-seeded G.W. Carver volleyball team lived up to expectations in the four-team Class 6A, Area 6 tournament, winning both of its matches in straight sets and clinching a spot in the regional tournament next week.
Jeff Davis (33-28), which lost to the Wolverines in the final, also earned a spot in the next round.
Tajawana Russell had a team-high 19 kills in Carver’s 25-10, 30-28, 25-13 victory in the championship match. Pamela Allen added 14 kills for the Wolverines.
All three sets were tight through the initial 20 points. Only the second set remained close throughout, however, with Jeff Davis rallying from a 24-21 deficit to take a temporary 25-24 lead before the Wolverines recovered.
In the semifinals, Carver (33-11) cruised to a 25-7, 25-16, 25-8 win over Robert E. Lee. Coach Virginia Franklin, though pleased with her team’s performance, still found issues for her players to work on next week.
“We’ve struggled in the beginning of matches,” Franklin said. “It’s almost as if we like to comeback from five or six point deficits before we decide to play. We’re trying to get better with that and play a bit better at the beginning.”
Jeff Davis clinched its spot in the regional tournament by defeating Sidney Lanier. Coach Mark Eubanks is proud of the Vols’ season.
“We have a good group of girls who work hard,” Eubanks said. “I’m encouraged about them. Hopefully we can come in, have a good week of practice and make it to the next round.”
Against Lanier, Shantasia Lewis-Brooks had 13 assists and six kills. Chiquita McLean had 10 assists, five kills, three aces and three blocks. Shundasia Lewis-Brooks had nine kills, and Alexus Moore added six. Against Carver, Shantasia Lewis-Brooks had six assists and four kills. McLean added five assists while Shundasia Lewis-Brooks and Alexus Moore added six kills each.
Both teams will play their first regional matches next Friday. Carver plays at 3 p.m., while Jeff Davis has a 5:30 p.m. matchup. The Wolverines will be looking to return to the state tournament for the second straight year after an absence of almost two decades.
“I’m expecting them to give it all they’ve got,” Franklin said. “If they do that, and everyone shows up for the match and does their part, we should be able to contend.”