Prior to the win, Templeton was named 6 AAAAAA area setter of the year for the second time and Coco was named 6 AAAAAA defensive player of the year. Both girls were named to the Area First Team while Terry was named to 6 AAAAAA Second Team. This season, Templeton got her 4,000th assist, which gave her the second all-time career record in Georgia. She currently has 1,100 digs and 1,000 kills. And Coco set an all-time total career digs record in Georgia with over 2,000 digs in high school.
Thursday, Chattahoochee started the match out strong and never looked back. Paige Harrelson led with 17 Kills. Terry had 11 kills and 19 digs. Templeton had 37 assists, 11 kills and 20 digs. Coco had 35 digs and the winning serve. Kristen Henninger added 9 kills. Lexi Kingree had several pivotal blocks in the fifth set. Senior Deja Duncan had an ace serve to put Hooch ahead in the fifth set, which was followed by a Templeton kill and the winning serve by Claudia Coco.
Chattahoochee went undefeated in the tournament, beating Johns Creek twice as well as South Forsyth in their quest for the championship.
After the game, Head Coach Jennie Blevins said she was proud of her players. "They are not only winning but playing with fight and passion. They have truly developed as a team throughout this season and are continuing to every single game. I can’t wait to see what the playoffs hold for this talented group of ladies,” she said.
Assistant Coach Blair Boyle added, "Our three senior captains’ leadership and determination to win is amazing. They inspired the whole team to play their best."
The state playoffs begin Thursday, Oct. 17, with Chattahoochee at home.