Back to Back: Volleyball Won County Championship

By: Thomas Touchstone

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NHS Lady Cougars Volleyball Team after winning the County championship for the second year in a row. Bottom (left to right): Coach Krista Wilson and Coach Julia Lassetter. Middle (left to right): Anna Campbell, Callie Bass, Jensen Fitzgibbon, Crystal Burk, Hallie Goolsby, Rachel McDonal and Mary Beth Headley. Back (left to right): Madison Headley, Maggie Strickland, Katie Young, Taitum Boston, Olivia Masonheimer, Michelle Miller and Kayla Wagner. (Photo Courtesy of Megan Wagner)

The Newnan Cougar Volleyball Team went into the Coweta Cup with a record of 20-3. The Lady Cougars looked at the cup with high expectations after winning last year’s tournament looking for back to back title wins.

The Cougars looked dominant all night as they handedly defeated the Lady Vikings in the first match of the day in two sets. The first set score was 25-18, and the second set score was 25-16.

Anna Campbell, NHS junior, and Olivia Masonheimer, NHS senior, had especially strong performances at the net, blocking numerous spikes or at least getting a hand on the ball to make life easier for their teammates.

The Cougars were in the lead from start to finish in the first set, but the second set saw them trailing 1-7 before calling a timeout. During the timeout, Coach Krista Wilson told her team to pick it up and not give up another point.

Whatever Coach Wilson said seemed to work, and she saw her team win the second set 25-16.

Junior tandem Hallie Goolsby and Crystal Burk totaled 15 and 8 digs respectively.
When asked about the key to the win, Masonheimer said that their serve and receive was tremendous. The Cougars had zero errors when returning serves.

The night, however, was far from over for the Cougars as they patiently waited to play East Coweta for the County Cup.

Burk commented on how she was “really excited” and “thought we could beat them.” Burk played extremely well against the Lady Indians. She had 15 kills and 11 aces.
The Cougars won in straight sets 25-19, 25-20 and 25-14. The Cougars again came back from a 3-7 deficit in the second set, and the team bounced back from a 1-6 deficit in the third set.

Masonheimer, Mary Beth Headley, NHS freshman, and Callie Bass, NHS senior, had 4 kills each in the match. Campbell had 5 kills of her own.

Goolsby had another great game defensively after she tallied 25 digs. Bass added 10 more digs to her count as she showed how she could play anywhere on the court.
The student section for the Cougars was loud all night, and the bleachers were packed as students cheered on their team against both county rivals.

The Cougars are looking at ending the regular season with a top ten state rank. The team anticipates making it to the post season and further proving they have earned a top ranking in the state.

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