The Carrollton High School volleyball team rolled into the Class AAAAA state playoffs with a lot of momentum after securing its second consecutive Area 7-AAAAA title a week ago.
The top-seeded Lady Trojans carried that energy into the opening round of the playoffs on Saturday as they made easy work of their first-round opponent North Springs, sweeping the No. 4 Lady Spartans in three sets (25-14, 25-16, 25-7) on Criswell Court to advance to the round of 16.
"I'm very proud of them," Carrollton head coach Kasey Austin said. "Their mental toughness coming out was really key, I think, in us sweeping them in three sets. We really focused on our serving, and we had very few service errors. We also just have a good chemistry on the court and play well together."
Carrollton engaged in back-and-forth tilts in the first two sets before ultimately pulling away. In the third set, however, the Lady Trojans jumped out to a 9-2 lead and never looked back en route to the 18-point victory.
"We did have a different lineup in that third set, which gave us a little more variety of our hitters, so maybe that had something to do with it," Austin said. "But I just feel like we knew that we had to get it done in order to keep going with our season."
Austin added that her squad is fueled by the desire to extend the season for their two seniors, Macie Monsour and Kelsie Thomas.
"We've really been fighting for them all season to be set up for this road to host, and then also to keep gong for as many games as we can," Austin said. "We're really motivated to fight for that last set."
No. 2 Loganville defeated No. 3 Clarkston on Criswell Court earlier in the day, so the Lady Trojans will host the Lady Red Devils in the second round on Tuesday in a best-of-five bout.