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Lady Viking Volleyball Eyes First Area Championship Behind Strong Team Play

The Lady Viking Volleyball Program has only been competing on a varsity level for 6 years in GHSA and has been in existence for less than 10, but if you were to watch the team compete on the court you would see that this is a program with a strong foundation that has been laid and built by its fourth-year head coach Sarah Futo.  The team enters the Area-7 Tournament as the #2 seed Saturday eyeing it first ever area-championship and fourth consecutive trip under Futo to the GHSA Class-A State Tournament.

The 2017 schedule the Lady Vikings played was among the most difficult in the program’s history with 75% of the teams 33 matches against schools from larger classifications, but the Lady Vikings would hold their own against those schools with a 14-11 record. They would finish the regular season in area play with a 3-1 record with their only loss coming against Mount De Sales, who enters the tournament Saturday as the #1 seed, in two hard fought sets 25-23, and 25-17.

Statistically the 2017 Lady Vikings are rewriting the record book again under Futo’s watch which has become normal. Senior Lundy Lader, who finished the 2016 campaign with 120 Kills, has already surpassed that this season with 132 which currently is the program record. Lundy is also within reach of setting a new total blocks record that was set in 2014 by Kate Patterson with 40. She currently has 38 total blocks entering this weekend’s tournament.

Sophomore Anna Massey and Senior Caitlin Farr are both in contention to break the Aces record that was set in ’15 by Farr as a sophomore at 76. Massey currently has 66 Aces and Farr has 65.  Sophomore Emily Cox will also enter into the top 5 all-time after this season with her current 45 Aces. These three girls along with Senior Sophie Seneker are also moving into the record books in Digs. While no one may exceed Morgan Mullis’ 244 Digs set in 2015 they will all be top 5. Currently Farr leads the team with 142 Digs, followed by Seneker with 107, Cox with 104 and Massey with 100.

The Lady Vikings are guaranteed two more games this 2017 with the potential for more in the GHSA Class-A Tournament.  Another advantage Saturday for the Lady Vikings is that theArea-7 Tournament will be played on their home court in the MAC. They’ll face #3 seed Aquinas out of Augusta at 10:00am in a best of 3 match. If the Lady Vikings can take two from Aquinas they’ll face the winner of the 9:00am match between #1 Mount De Sales and #4 Stratford Academy. The championship match will be a best of 5 match and start at 11:00am. Coach Futo and her players have been well prepared for this opportunity and are ready to finish their climb up the mountain.