Charles Henderson wins area tournament, heads to Super Regional

Published 7:05 pm Thursday, October 18, 2012

Charles Henderson volleyball players celebrate after defeating Ashford in the AHSAA Class 4A Area 3 tournament on Thursday. (Photo/Wes Johnson)

The Charles Henderson volleyball team didn’t waste any time dispatching Ashford in the AHSAA Class 4A Area 3 tournament on Thursday at Wagoner Hall.

The Trojans claimed the area title with a clean 3-0 sweep of Ashford, 25-23, 25-12, 26-24.

It was a solid victory for Charles Henderson and retribution of sorts as Ashford beat the Trojans in the first match of the season, handing CHHS its only area loss of the year.

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“These girls do what they have to do to win,” head coach Jennifer Sikes said. “We were a little off on serves, but we’re going to work on that this week and get better for next week.”

With the win, Charles Henderson earned the top-spot for Area 3 in the South Super Regional Tournament to be held in Montgomery on Oct. 26. The Trojans will face either Jenison or Calera.

Charles Henderson and Ashford battled in a tight first set with the Trojans gifting the visitors several points on short serves. CHHS commanded the Yellow Jackets in the second set never trailing en route to a 25-12 victory.

The Trojans watched a big lead slip away in the third set before finally putting the match away.

“I felt like this group would come together this year and get it done,” senior Becca Hartley said. “We made sure we didn’t slack up in the third set. Some things didn’t go our way, but we pulled it together and got it done.”

Charles Henderson won the regular season area crown for the first time in school history. It is believed but unconfirmed that this marks the first area tournament championship for the school.

“We have to win two more in super regionals to go to state so that’s our new goal,” Hartley said. “I really feel we can win state.”

While the Trojans next opponent has yet to be determined, it is known that their first match in Montgomery will take place at 4:15 p.m. on Oct. 26.