They may have not captured the Region 2-6A championship but the Richmond Hill Wildcats volleyball team is heading to the 6A state playoffs with a lot of momentum.
Before losing in the region finals against Statesboro on Saturday, the Wildcats were on a nine-game winning streak. Prior the winning streak beginning, they were swept by Savannah Arts Academy, the No. 6 team in their 3A classification. I was at that game at Savannah Arts. The team just seemed overmatched by the high-ranked opponent. But I knew that they would be alright.
The loss against Savannah Arts was fresh after the Lovett Block Party invitational where they earned silver, battling against some of the best volleyball teams in the state. Head Coach Tory Wright prepped her team well for the long run, putting them up against maximum competition.
After losing to Savannah Arts, they defeated Camden County and the rest was history as they began their streak. It included finally getting a victory over the Savannah Arts, who defeated them twice. But three times was the charm. They also defeated Glynn Academy, who are ranked No. 17 in 6A, in the region semifinals that put them in the finals against the eventual champions No. 10 Statesboro.
Now they head into the state tournament play with North Atlanta (8-16) coming to 'The Hill' to try to upset the rolling Wildcats. But their five all-region selections, two honorable mentions, and Co-Player of the Year will make that a tall task for the visiting North Atlanta.
The Wildcats are entering the state playoffs with a 25-14 record and a No. 2 playoff seed. They also hold the No. 13 ranking in the GHSA 6A volleyball classification.
The Richmond Hill-North Atlanta game will begin at 5 p.m. at Richmond Hill High School.