TIFTON — Tift County could be on the cusp of their first ever region volleyball championship.
The Lady Devils will make a run for the crown Tuesday at Colquitt County. They will play Lowndes at 3:30 p.m. while host Colquitt faces off against Camden County. Winners move on to the title match at 6:30 p.m. Losers play a consolation. All four schools will advance to state.
“I feel good,” said head coach Caleb Dawson. “I feel we’re playing pretty solid.” If there is anything his team could improve, he offered that, “We’re battling complacency.” He said he’s keeping his players hungry for more and more.
The 2019 season has been a good one for Tift County. The team is 22-6, their best record in school history and almost as many as every previous season combined since the program began in 2013. Tift wrapped its regular season Thursday with 2-1 victories over both Thomasville and Georgia Christian.
Region 1-AAAAAAA consists of four teams. Camden County leads, but only by a hair. “Only two games separate 1-3,” said Dawson. Camden is 7-2 in the conference, Tift is 6-3 and Lowndes is 5-4. Both Tift and Lowndes have wins over Camden. Tift has won two of three meetings with Lowndes.
Colquitt is 0-9 in region competition, but not out of it. Dawson said the Lady Packers have improved throughout the season.
“I want it so bad for this senior class,” he said. He pointed out Chayla Lopez and Rebecca Jinright, players who have been on varsity for four years. They were there during Tift’s struggles and have been with them as the team broke through in 2018.
Getting the trophy won’t be easy.
“We have a hard task ahead of us,” he said.
Regardless of finish, the Lady Devils will play in state after region. If they win the title, they will host first round matches. State opens Oct. 19, according to Georgia High School Association brackets.