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Playoff-bound schools fine-tune their game for the stretch run

There's a slight chill in the nighttime air, but the heat on the volleyball courts is sizzling as local squads prepare for the final games leading up to the state playoffs.

Lady Cards dealing out wins

In Class AAAA, perennial favorites Jonesboro is 30-11 and 7-0 in Region 4-AAAA. On Oct. 2, the Lady Cardinals split with McIntosh and Luella.

Jonesboro next game features a Clayton/Henry County crossover match when the team travels to Eagle's Landing Christian Academy.

Alongside the Lady Chargers, Northgate will also be featured on the slate, which is scheduled for Oct. 9. This game will conclude the regular season for all the schools.

All Charged up

The ELCA Lady Chargers (26-14, 4-1) are once again in familiar territory as they get set for the 2008 state playoffs. ELCA is currently in second pace in Region 3-AA/A behind rival Landmark Christian.

The team has won nine of their last 11, including five in row over Fayette County, Calvary Day, Woodland, Dutchtown and Heritage.

Dogs bite back

Dutchtown enters the final week of the season one game behind Jonesboro in the region standings at 6-1.

The Lady Bulldogs are 19-13 overall. Dutchtown plays on the road for its final tune up before the playoffs.

The team faces Sprayberry and host-club Pace Academy tonight beginning at 5 p.m. From there, the Lady Bulldogs play Henry County and Ola on Oct. 10, before closing out with Luella on Oct. 11.

Lady Panthers clawing down nets

Forest Park's football team is at the bottom of the heap, but the volleyball squad is soaring in the clouds. The Lady Panthers have won 16-straight dating back to Sept. 4.

During this span, the team has only lost three matches against North Clayton, Redan and Grady.

While 2008 has been great for the team, the future looks even better as the JV program knocked off Jonesboro 3-0 to clinch the Clayton County championship.

Mustang stamped

Ola has won five of its last six, including victories over East Coweta, Eagle's Landing, Woodland and two-straight over Mt. Zion. The Lady Mustangs are 24-12 and in third place in Region 4-AAAA behind Jonesboro and Dutchtown.

Today, Ola is at home for games against Mary Persons and Northside-Warner Robins. The squad closes out the season on Oct. 11 versus cross-town rival Dutchtown at Stockbridge.

-Rory Sharrock

Unkind To Visitors

Union Grove gets set for a pivotal region tri-match tomorrow against Houston County that has significant implications for the Region 2-AAAAA standings.

The Wolverines (24-9, 8-1) are tied for first in the region with Greenbrier but are just one loss ahead of Houston County (24-4, 8-2) in the loss column.

Playing an out of county opponent should be no problem for the Wolverines, though. Union Grove has gone 8-5 against teams in the Southern Crescent this season and 16-4 against teams from other counties.

Pass The Seconds

Woodland plays Fayette County next as it tries to hold place in the Region 4-AAA standings and avoid fading out of the playoff picture.

The Wolfpack (6-10, 4-2) are in a three-way tie for second place with Eagle's Landing and Mary Person's. All three teams are chasing Woodward Academy (21-11, 6-0).

But Woodland has lost seven of its last eight matches, a stretch that included losses to Mary Person's on Sept. 30, 25-23, 20-25, 23-25, and Woodward Academy on Sept. 23, 25-9, 25-22.

Stretch Run

Eagle's Landing hosts a big non-region match today as it begins to wrap of its season.

The Golden Eagle's (6-19, 4-2 in Region 4-AAA) host Houston County, Carver (Atlanta) and Union Grove today at 5 p.m.

Eagle's Landing then celebrates senior night by hosting Harris County and Mt. Zion on Thursday.

The Golden Eagles have lost three of their last four matches.

-Brian Paglia