The Carrollton High School volleyball team is catching fire at the right time of the season, rattling off four wins on Saturday to capture a historic Area 7-AAAAA Tournament title and the No. 1 seed for the upcoming state playoffs.
Having to fight out of the loser's bracket after dropping a match with Hiram on Thursday night, the Lady Trojans returned to Kell High School in Marietta on Saturday and knocked off Cass, Villa Rica and Kell to set up a rematch against the Lady Hornets in the championship round.
Playing a best-of-five-set format, Carrollton dominated Hiram with a 3-0 sweep, locking down a top seed and the right to host the first round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs on Wednesday evening.
After defeating Cass and Villa Rica in the early matches on Saturday, the Lady Trojans avenged a pair of mid-season setbacks against the host Lady Longhorns and Hiram, playing on pure emotion and adrenaline by the end of the day.
"We had faced Hiram twice and we lost twice. We had faced Kell once and we lost," Austin said. "Then the first set to Kell [Saturday] we lost. The second set we were down seven and we came all the way back and won that set, which was huge for our momentum. Volleyball is all about momentum. We went into the third set and everything was just clicking … We were able to upset the favorite. We then literally turned around immediately and played Hiram."
The Lady Trojans were led by all-area selections Darby Gainey, Olivia Mount, Lacey Needham and Allie Dishman.
The Lady Trojans will host Clarkston from Area 5 in the opening round on Wednesday night at a time to be determined.
Villa Rica also qualified for state as the No. 4 seed, earning a 2-0 (25-22, 25-20) win over Rome to start the day Saturday before falling to Carrollton in an elimination game.
The Lady Wildcats will travel to the No. 1 seed from Area 4 on Wednesday.