By MITCH LUCAS

Hat’s off to the teams who fight, scrap and claw to get into the playoffs, and then get the job done.

That’s what Leverett’s Chapel volleyball did Thursday night in Union Grove. The Lady Lions faced Fruitvale, and came back with the area championship for the fifth straight season, beating Fruitvale in four, 25-10, 21-25, 25-19, 25-10.

LC (now 20-16 on the season) go to Pittsburg Monday for a regional quarterfinal game against Avery, a 6 p.m. start.

For LC against Fruitvale, Jillian Shaw had 27 kills, two blocks, 11 digs, an assist and two aces. Lexus Haley had six kills, 12 digs, 24 assists and an ace; Michelle Jamaica had five kills, 29 digs, four assists and two aces; and Hannah Brown had 13 digs and four aces.

Also, Katie Hughes had 18 digs, four aces, and went 23-of-23 from the service line; Ashilia Smith had two kills, five blocks and an assist; Jalynn Perry had a kill, a block, an assist and two aces; and Sage Horne had nine digs.

LC is coached by Rickey and Patty Hammontree.

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