Callaway volleyball tops Sumter, books spot in the state playoffs

Published 11:30 am Saturday, October 14, 2023

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It has been a trying season for the Callaway volleyball team. They have not played a home game this season due to renovations to the gym, but got a chance to show what they are about at the area tournament on Saturday.

The Cavaliers beat Sumter in the first round to book a spot in the AA state playoffs for the second time in as many years under coach Shelby Goins.

Callaway made history a season ago as a three-seed in the playoffs, winning two straight road playoff matches to make the first elite eight in program history. 

The Cavaliers are still fighting to get a higher seed, but with a game at 1 p.m. against private school and volleyball powerhouse Eagle’s Landing, Callaway will likely be a third seed again, provided they win the third-place game which they will be favored to do so as the no. 3 seed in the area tournament. 

The Cavaliers have proved themselves as one of the elite public schools in AA volleyball, and this year can go even further to show that considering that they will not play a single game at Callaway High during the season. Callaway was the only public school in the AA state quarterfinals a season ago, where they lost to eventual state champions Mt. Paran, who did not drop a single set in the playoffs on its run to a championship. 

The Cavaliers will play at least two more games on Saturday before taking part in a playoff match next Tuesday against a yet to be determined opponent.