North Oconee High School volleyball secured a state playoff appearance after placing fourth in Region 8-AAAA.

The Titans earned a 2-0 victory over East Hall High School to lock in a playoff spot and advance in the region tournament. North Oconee defeated the Vikings 25-4, 25-6.

Powered behind Lexie Spencer’s eight aces, North Oconee totaled 16 aces across the team to keep East Hall out of system and unable to score points.

Senior Claudia Iglesias took charge at the net and added eight kills, marking her third-highest total in a game this season.

The Titans had only three errors, a season low, leading to a high offensive efficiency.

After the win though, North Oconee fell to Flowery Branch 2-1. They still secured a playoff spot with the fourth seed.

Spencer, a first team all-area recipient, this time led both at the net and in the back row. She tallied six kills and 10 digs.

Isabella Machado had a personal best night, tying her season-high six aces.

Those efforts still weren’t enough to overcome the errors made by the Titans. As a team, North Oconee scored 13 points off kills, but countered those with 16 errors, creating a negative hitting percentage that hurt the offense and the team’s ability to score points.

The Titans hope to eliminate the unforced errors that occurred in the match against Flowery Branch and create a more consistent system as they compete during the Class AAAA state playoffs.

Still, with a back row led by Morgan Morreale and a block at the net put up by Brooke Williams, North Oconee will have a solid defense that will help create more efficiency.

Morreale has totaled 221 digs on the season, averaging 3.0 per set. Williams’ 36 total blocks has made a tough wall for opponents to pass through.

After missing players throughout the last few regular season games, a consistent volleyball match from North Oconee could make the difference in its playoff run.

The Titans traveled to Marist High School to compete in the first round on Wednesday, Oct. 20, after press time.

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