Alpharetta ends regular season with 30th and 31st consecutive wins
On Thursday, the Alpharetta Raiders hosted their final matches of the regular season as they took on St. Pius and Cherokee in a tri-match as they also celebrated their seniors. And in addition to the senior night, the Raiders also entered Thursday with a 29 match win streak going and looked to extend it to 31 to end the regular season.
After taking getting the day started with a win over St. Pius, the Raiders would get a break before taking on Cherokee, who would also defeat the Golden Lions for their fourth consecutive win. After a few early volleys would keep set one close, Alpharetta would settle in and take control of the set as setter Abigail Li would set her teammates up nicely throughout as the Raiders would go on to win set one 25-13.
In set two, the Warriors would jump out in front first and despite multiple efforts by the Raiders to make a comeback, Cherokee would remain in control throughout the set, winning it 25-18 and forcing a decisive set three. Appearing to have regrouped, the Raiders would open the set on a 6-1 run, however the Warriors would charge back with a 8-3 run of their own to tie the set at 9-9. The two teams would keep the set close from there, but eventually, Alpharetta would be able to outscore Cherokee 6-4 down the stretch to take the set 15-13 and win the match 2-1.
Following the win, which helped the Raiders end their regular season at 31-2 overall and 6-0 in region play and a 31 match win streak, when asked what has been behind their momentum, head coach, Grace Fossier, said simply, “these girls are behind that. They are phenomenal, they get along really well, great team spirit and just amazing athletes”. As Fossier continued to praise her players, including senior and Georgia Tech commit, Logan Wiley, she emphasized the importance each player has for the team.
“Every person on this team matters because whether we’re on the court in that moment or not, we’re all working together, practicing with each other, making each other better,” Fossier said, adding that coaching this group of young ladies is “a blast”.