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LOA honors volleyball and softball seniors

September 25, 2019 - 13:55
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A pair of athletic teams at Lake Oconee Academy honored their seniors Monday night.

It was senior night at LOA’s newest facilities, with the school’s volleyball team hosting a doubleheader and softball hosting Putnam County.

Volleyball got the night started with a rousing victory over Oglethorpe County. Oglethorpe took the first set, 27-25, after surviving a tough fight from the Lady Titans. LOA went down 15-6 before head coach Chris Ingle called a timeout. That’s when LOA stormed back but, unfortunately for the Lady Titans, the Lady Patriots scored enough in the end to win the set.

That didn’t happen the rest of the match.

LOA won set two, 25-22. The Lady Titans opened on a quick 4-0 run before Oglethorpe scored a point. In the third set, the Lady Titans found themselves down 5-4 and then built to a 12-9 lead before Oglethorpe called time. Afterward, LOA pulled further ahead and won, 15-11, to take the match victory.

Following that game, LOA honored its three seniors: Chloe Cosby, Lauren Ellison and Reese Williams, who all played big roles in the victory moments before.

The volleyball team played Washington-Wilkes later in the evening and won in two sets (25-18 and 25-7) while the softball squad was embroiled in an epic battle with Putnam.

The Lady Titans were down 2-1 before they notched three runs in the bottom of the third. From there, the teams traded scores and eventually went to the sixth inning tied 6-6.

Lady Titans senior Kelli Stevens led off the bottom of the sixth with a ground-rule double. She later scored on a bunt by senior Cory Kimbrough to give LOA a one-run lead.

Putnam tied things up in the top of the seventh, though, and the score remained 7-7 through regulation. The teams battled into extra innings, where the Lady Eagles exploded for five runs in the top of the eighth and held LOA scoreless in the bottom of the frame to win.

After the game, LOA seniors Landon Beall, Elizabeth Holt, Kimbrough and Stevens were recognized for their efforts during their four years with the team.

LOA volleyball will play through next Thursday to end its regular season ahead of the area tournament. The softball team is in the postseason for the first time in program history, and it is set to participate in the Region 7-A tournament this weekend.