JONESBORO — The Mundy’s Mill Lady Tigers capped off a stellar regular season Saturday by capturing the Area 4-AAAAAA volleyball championship.

The Lady Tigers advanced to the championship round with wins over MLK and Drew. Mundy’s Mill beat top-seeded Lovejoy in the Area 4-AAAAAA championship to lock up the No. 1 seed in the Class AAAAAA state tournament.

“Consistent team serving and mental toughness,” said head coach Vickie Mangram regarding her team’s performance. “Even when the score was not in our favor, my seniors didn’t get bitter, but got better. We fought to win the second and third sets in the championship. The Lady Tigers again worked as a team.”

Mangram mentioned Shan Mosley, Raiana Johnson, Avanna Preston, Zaria Reed, Leilani Trash and Alexus Celestin as players who made an impact during the tournament. The Lady Tigers wore pink jerseys in remembrance of the late Sandtresia Sizemore, whose daughter Kamree is also a key member of the team.

Mundy’s Mill will host Cambridge in the first round on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The Lady Bears finished the season with a 29-15 record and are the No. 4 seed out of Area 7.

Lovejoy finished as the No. 2 seed and will also host a home playoff game this week. The Lady Wildcats will play Dunwoody, the No. 3 seed out of Area 3, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dunwoody finished 30-16 on the regular season.

The Forest Park Lady Panthers and the Jonesboro Lady Cardinals finished as the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds, respectively. Forest Park advanced through the loser’s bracket, topping Jonesboro in the third-place game.

Both Forest Park and Jonesboro will hit the road for first-round action. The Lady Panthers will travel Thursday to play Johns Creek, who finished as the No. 2 seed out of Area 7 with a 33-15 record. Jonesboro will play the Area 6 champions Harrison Thursday. The Lady Hoyas finished the regular season with a 40-12 record.

Outside of Area 4-AAAAAA, Riverdale finished as the No. 4 seed out of Area 3-AAAAA. The Lady Raiders will face Area 5 champions Chamblee Wednesday in the first round of the Class AAAAA state tournament. The Lady Bulldogs finished the regular season with a 36-8 record.

North Clayton also qualified for the state tournament by finishing fourth in Area 4-AAAA. The Lady Eagles will take on Blessed Trinity Thursday in the first round of the Class AAAA state tournament. Blessed Trinity went 50-9 during the regular season.

Luke Strickland is the sports editor of the Clayton News in Jonesboro and the Henry Herald in McDonough. He went to school at the University of Georgia.

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