With five teams taking part, every school in the area won at least one game. The only team without a win was Clarke Central (Region 8-AAAAA), which went 0-4.
The Lady Wolfpack entered the round-robin event with a perfect record, and while tested at times, they won all four matches to improve to 9-0 on the year.
“Each game we improved and that’s the goal,” said head coach Debbie Born, adding that the key to her team’s success thus far is that they work hard.
Aquinas, facing several larger schools, showed toughness in winning three of its four matches. The Fighting Irish lost only to Greenbrier and improved to 7-2. Aquinas coach Danielle Elms was hired just a week ago and likes the makeup of her squad.
“Aquinas has always been a team that fights hard,” she said. “The fact that there’s no JV program and we’re a small school, the girls have more of a relationship on and off the court. There’s a lot of talent on this team. We’re lucky to have veteran leadership and we’ve only tapped their potential.”
The Fighting Irish ended the day winning a marathon match with Lakeside, 25-18, 29-31, 25-21.
The loss put the Lady Panthers at 1-3 for the day and 2-5 for the year. While she would have liked to have won more, coach Moe McCormack would rather see her team peak at the right time.
“We’re a young team,” she said. “I thought it was a good day and we learned a lot. The first third of the season will be about getting experience.”
Grovetown (5-3) entered its final match with Aquinas up two wins and a loss to Greenbrier. The Warriors lost in three games, and it dampened the day a bit for coach Amy Slagle, but she was still able to come away with a positive.
“We did way better this year than we did last year,” said Slagle. “We’ll continue to get better and I look forward to playing Greenbrier and Aquinas again this year.”