The Lady Trojans (26-8-1) are no strangers to playing on the road, but Saturday’s 11 a.m. contest against No. 1 Sandy Creek might be a different story.
In the program’s first year, Carrollton played only one home match and that took place at the East Carrollton Recreation Center before moving into the high school’s new gym this season. Carrollton is also coming off a playoff match in Guyton on Tuesday in front of a loud crowd.
“We’re looking forward to it. We’re due to be there at 11 o’clock on Saturday, and we hope we’ll have some fans there to help cheer us on,” Carrollton coach Kasey Austin said. “We definitely think [South Effingham] was our toughest arena to play in. The fact that they were able to keep their cool and do what they needed to do to win and stay alive really speaks highly of them. They’ve grown through the season as a team.”
The Lady Patriots (34-19) won the Class AAA state title last season as a 44-win team and are looking to do the same this year in Class AAAA. Sandy Creek went undefeated in Area 3-AAAA and has not dropped a game in its last five matches, including the first two rounds of the playoffs.
Coming from summer workouts to playing deep into the playoffs in October has the Lady Trojan volleyball program moving in the right direction.
“This is great for our girls. I’m really impressed with how they’ve risen to the occasion and have held their composure this far into the season. We’ve been playing together since about June this summer and it feels good to see all their hard work pay off for them,” Austin said. “It’s super exciting. When the season started, we said this is where we wanted to be. It feels good to be able to reach our goals.”