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Gators fight but ultimately drop two games

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Gatewood's volleyball team recently lost two games

Abbey Kay Moore, Griffin McMichael and Isabella Stickley try to return a serve in a previous match with John Hancock Academy. The Lady Gators recently faced Morgan County and Augusta Prep on the road. PHOTO: Contributed

The Gatewood varsity volleyball team continued its season with two hard-fought matches last week.

The Gators traveled to Morgan County and Augusta Prep. Although they dropped both matches, the Gators kept it close.                

On Tuesday, Sept. 4, the Morgan County Bulldogs welcomed the Gatewood Gators to their home court. The Bulldogs won the match, 3-0; however, it was much closer than the score indicates.

The Gators were significantly more competitive than they were against the Bulldogs in their Aug. 18 matchup.

“We kept the match competitive and fought until the end,” Gatewood senior Mallory Fitzgerald said. “We are much-improved form the last Morgan County match.”

The Augusta Prep Cavaliers hosted Gatewood in Augusta on Thursday, Sept. 6. The Augusta Prep and Morgan County matches were remarkably similar for the Gators. Once again, Gatewood played three close games but, unable to finish any of them off, the Gators lost 3-0.

Last season, the Gators made a deep run into the playoffs. Departures by the head coach and four Gator players, one of which was an all-region starter, have led to a drop-off from last season.

However, this has not deterred the Gators. Their goals remain unchanged.

“Losing four valuable players is obviously hard, but we have to focus on this season and what we can do to improve,” Fitzgerald said. “We have three freshmen that are playing their first season of volleyball, and they are improving quickly. Our goal is still the same: to make another run into the playoffs and compete for a state championship.”

Fitzgerald said improvements will come with the Gators’ continued effort.

“We must work hard every time we step on the court, and push each other to get better through competition and hard work,” she said. “Every time we play, we need to get better.”

The Gators are a young team, showing more and more signs of improvement in every match they play. For the Gators, skill is not the issue – the team must learn how to win.

Although they kept both losses close, the Gators could not get over the hump in the face of adversity to get the victory. As soon as this problem is resolved, the Gators are poised to drastically improve and possibly make another run into the state playoffs.

Gatewood will look to avenge its loss to the Cavs on Sept. 25, when Augusta Prep will visit Eatonton for the rematch. The Gators cannot look too far ahead, though, as they are set to face off with Monsignor Donovan, Loganville Christian and Peachtree Academy before their rematch with the Cavaliers.