Above Photo:  The Buford varsity volleyball team captured the Region 8-AAAAAA Championship title on Tuesday after beating Lanier.  Photo by Alicia Couch Payne

SUGAR HILL — The Buford Wolves varsity volleyball team captures their first-ever region win in Class AAAAAA after knocking off first Dacula and then Lanier in the Region 8-AAAAAA tournament held at Lanier High School on Tuesday.  Buford made quick work of Dacula with set scores of 25-17, 25-14 to advance to the finals against Lanier.  Although the Wolves’ performance in the final match was not perfect, they dug in and pushed past Lanier 25-15, 25-8, 25-20 to capture the region title.

In the match against Dacula, junior Mikayla Hayden and sophomore Ashley Sturzoiu led the team with seven kills each.  Senior Grace Adams racked up 26 assists against the Falcons.

Hayden and Sturzoiu had the most kills against Lanier with 10 and nine kills.  Adams had an impressive 35 assists for Buford in the match with the Longhorns.  Senior Macy Upshaw ended the match with 15 digs for Buford.

“We are excited to get the region championship under our belts,  but know we have some work to do to be prepared for a playoff run,” said Buford head coach Hadli Daniels,  “We believe we are capable of playing with anyone when we have our minds right and are playing together.”

With Buford (28-2) winning the Region 8-AAAAAA title, they earn home-court advantage when they host the first round of the state playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020.  The Wolves will take on Rome.

All photos by Alicia Couch Payne


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