Girls golf, tennis, volleyball clinch region titles

Chapman athletics continued their dominance in region play with three teams winning region championships.

Girls golf clinched their region for the first time ever, winning by 27 strokes according to the Herald Journal. Junior Olivia Ireland won the entire tournament with a tournament-low score and was awarded Region 3-AAA Girls Golfer of the Year.

According to Ireland, the key to the golf team’s success was their focus and drive to do their best.

“We just stayed focused and went out there not planning on winning, but just playing our best,” Ireland said.

Ireland qualified for the state tournament with a tie for fifth place in the upper state tournament. Her expectations are the same as always: have fun and play your best.

“My focus going into the state tournament is just to go out and have fun and not worry about winning,” Ireland said. “Just playing my best and staying positive and hopefully making All-State.”

Girls tennis won a fifth region title with dominant wins over each of their opponents. All region matches were either 6-0 or 5-1, even against longtime rival Clinton High School.

Senior and captain Elizabeth Williams believes that the secret to the tennis team’s victory was their belief in themselves and their team.

“The key was our belief,” Williams said. “We had to believe that we could win and persevere until we met that goal.”

The Lady Panthers take on Wren in the second round of the playoffs at home, and Williams says the team is trying to take each round one match at a time.

“It’s critical to stay in the moment and not look too far ahead or behind from where you are right now,” Williams said. “You can only control the present.”

Last but certainly not least, Chapman volleyball clinched a region title in a tiebreaker match against Union. The game took five sets, but ultimately, the Lady Panthers came out on top.

Middle hitter and senior Rylan Snead says that the team’s comeback wouldn’t have been possible without their incredible display of teamwork.

“We were able to come back and beat Union because we really started working together and working for each other as a team and listening to our coach,” Snead said.

The volleyball team takes on Belton Honea-Path at home in their second round of the playoffs, and Snead believes that their key to success lies again in their teamwork.

“Our focus is to work as a team and communicate really well on the court and off the court and just play for each other,” Snead said.