DUNWOODY, Ga. — The Dunwoody Lady Wildcats joined Chamblee and Lakeside as the only three DeKalb County girls’ volleyball teams to advance to the semifinals of the state tournament with a 3-0 sweep of No. 6 seeded Apalachee on Saturday at Dunwoody.
The Lady Wildcats improved to 29-23 on the season and has the second most wins for the program in school history behind Coach Angela Nash’s squad that went 36-9 in 2005. Dunwoody is coached by Doug Friedlander and assisted by former Chamblee volleyball Gatorade Player of the Year Nikki Hawkins who was a member of Chamblee’s 2005 Final Four squad.
No. 3 seeded Dunwoody pulled out a thrilling 28-26 win in the opening game of the match to start the sweep before going on to wins of 25-19 and 25-11 to close out the Elite 8 victory.
Junior Paige McKnight put together a strong performance in the win collecting 24 kills, 10 assists, 2 blocks, 10 digs and 2 aces to pace Dunwoody.
Sophomore Madison McKnight also put on a show with 16 assists, 8 kills, 6 digs and 2 aces while sophomore Lisa Gardner came up with 13 digs.
The Lady Wildcats move into the Class AAAAA semifinals to face No. 2 seed Sequoyah (39-4) in a road match as they attempt to break Sequoyah’s 29 match win streak and add to their own modest seven match streak.
The two teams share 11 common opponents on the season including Dunwoody’s quarterfinal opponent Apalachee. Sequoyah also swept Apalachee earlier this season by a score of 2-0.
Three of Sequoyah’s losses came at the hands of Class AAAAAA teams including John’s Creek which also defeated Dunwoody in a pair of tough three game matches this season.
The teams square off on Wednesday, October 30 at 7 p.m. to see who advances to play the winner of Northgate and No. 1 McIntosh in the championship round.