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Lady Wildcats cruise past Archer
The RHHS volleyball team beats Archer High School in the first round of state playoffs.
Lady Wildcats Oct. 18, 2023
Richmond Hill's Lady Wildcats in action during a set. (Photo/Zane Rowland).

The back to back 1-7A Richmond Hill Lady Wildcats hosted Archer at home, and put on a clinic on how to play a great volleyball match. Second year Head Coach, Kaitlin Bean, had great things to say about the team’s performance. “I am very happy and proud with the way we played today,” Bean said. “I feel as though we played very consistently tonight and we grabbed the win. I think that the energy should have been up a bit more and that we should have had a bit more fun in the match, but I am overall very pleased with the efforts and the outcome.”

In their first set of the evening, both Archer and Richmond Hill played each other close, until the Lady Wildcats were able to pull away in the end and win it decisively, 25-15, to go up 1-0. 

The Lady Wildcats would quickly jump out to a 9-3 lead early in the second set, with it never being very close, as the lead would extend to as much as 10, and only drop as low as 4 points, and the Lady Cats would easily take the win, 25-15 yet again, to improve to 2-0. 

In the third set, the Lady Tigers of Archer came out ready after the intermission, and put the first point on the board. The Lady Wildcats would then come back and score a point of their own to tie it up, but Archer would not be denied, as they scored two more to go ahead once again. Like two heavyweight fighters, the two teams would go back and forth for the first 8 points of the last set, and the lead did not extend to more than 4 points for either side until Richmond Hill would go up 14-10. However, Archer would tie it back up at 14 and rally the crowd back into the set before Richmond Hill would go up 20-14, causing Archer to call a timeout and regroup. The Lady Wildcats would add 2 more before Archer would score again, but it was too little, too late, as Richmond Hill closed out Archer 25-16, and improve to 3-0 on the evening. 

“Several of our ladies deserve some recognition tonight,” Bean said. “I think Courtney Joseph (Second Team All-Region), may have had a career-high in blocks tonight. Carson Reeves (First Team All-Region, Region 1-7A Offensive Player of the Year) played really well for us. Gwyneth Harper (First Team All-Region, Region 1-7A Player of the year) had a great match for us. I think Samantha Johnson (Second Team All-Region) did a great job as well. I am really proud of all of them!”

The Lady Wildcats (29-8) look to continue their success and winning ways, as they play host to the East Coweta Lady Indians (28-15-2) of Sharpsburg on Saturday, 10/21.

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