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Chamblee Sweeps into Elite Eight with 3-0 Win over Decatur

Chamblee's Jade Watson (2) goes for the kill against Decatur in the Lady Bulldogs Sweet 16 victory of the Class 5A state playoffs. (Photo by Mark Brock) The [...]

Chamblee Sweeps Rome 3-0 to Advance to Class 5A Sweet 16

Chamblee's Erin Carpenter (front) makes a dig against Rome while teammates Anna McDaniel (6) and Kennedy Preval (22) are ready to help out. (Photo by Mark Brock) The [...]

DeKalb Places 10 Teams in State Volleyball Playoffs

All-Area 5-5A selection Rachel Loftus is ready to serve in the state playoffs. (Photo by Mark Brock) The No. 8/10 ranked Chamblee Lady Bulldogs and nine other DeKalb [...]

Redan Repeats as Spikefest Silver Bracket Champions

Redan Lady Raiders sweep to second consecutive Silver Bracket title in the 4th Annual DCSD Spikefest. The Redan Lady Raiders won four consecutive matches on the way to [...]

Chamblee, Redan Hosting DCSD Spikefest Tournaments this Weekend

Chamblee's Rachel Loftus (10) sets up teammate Hannah Cain (12) at the net during playoff action in 2016. (Photo by Mark Brock) The fourth annual DCSD Spikefest Volleyball [...]

Chamblee Sweeps Harris Co. 3-0 to Advance to the Elite 8

Chamblee's Cana Dee goes up for a game-clinching kill against Harris County. (Photo by Mark Brock) Chamblee overcame some stout play by Harris County on the way to [...]

Redan Advances in Class 3A Volleyball Playoffs 3-1 over Savannah

Redan's Johnquanek Spencer serves up an ace against Savannah during the Raiders 3-1 Class 3A first round playoff victory. (Photo by Mark Brock) The Redan Lady Raiders bounced [...]

Chamblee Blows Past Riverdale in Class 5A Playoffs

Chamblee's Rachel Loftus (10) sets up teammate Camille Van Leer (12) at the net. (Photo by Mark Brock) A first round 3-0 sweep of Riverdale in the first [...]

Ten DCSD Volleyball Teams Headed to State Tournament Play

All-Area 5-5A Kyla Manning was key to Chamblee's Area title and state playoff appearance. (Photo by Mark Brock) Three DeKalb County volleyball squads will host first round state [...]

Dunwoody Defends DCSD Spikefest Tournament Championship

Dunwoody's Bridgett Boyle goes for a kill in opening round play against Arabia Mountain. Boyle was named tourney MVP as Dunwoody defended its 2015 title. (Photo by Mark Brock) [...]

DCSD Spikefest Kicks Off 2016 Volleyball Season

Dunwoody begins DCSD Spikefest title defense on Friday at 7:00 pm. Defending champion and three-time Class 5A Final Four participant Dunwoody returns to defend its Gold Bracket championship [...]

Dunwoody’s Volleyball Season Ends in State Semifinals

Dunwoody senior Lisa Gardner (in red) was part of three Final Four teams. (Photo by Mark Brock) For the third consecutive year the Dunwoody Lady Wildcats made a [...]

Dunwoody Advances to Volleyball Final Four for Third Consecutive Season

Dunwoody's Bridget Boyle goes for a kill in second round playoff action against Lanier. (Photo by Mark Brock) No. 5 ranked Dunwoody Lady Wildcats advanced to the Class [...]

Dunwoody Sweeps Lanier 3-0 to Reach Elite 8 Round

Dunwoody's Amanda Gild dives to keep a ball in action against Lanier. (Photo by Mark Brock) The No. 5 ranked Dunwoody Lady Wildcats took control late in all [...]

Dunwoody, Lakeside Advance to Sweet 16 of Volleyball State Playoffs

Dunwoody's Bridget Boyle and her Lady Wildcats teammates are headed to the Class 5A state playoffs Sweet 16 after a sweep of No. 9 ranked Starr's Mill on Thursday. [...]

Chamblee Sweeps Match 3-0 against Tucker

Chamblee's Kyla Manning (far right) sends a shot back against Tucker as teammates Natalie Roberts (8), Sydney Hicks (11) and Rachel Loftus (7) prepare for a possible return. (Photo [...]

Dunwoody Rolls to Spikefest Tournament Championship

Dunwoody captures DeKalb Co. Spikefest championship. (Photo courtesy of Dunwoody Volleyball) The Dunwoody Lady Wildcats won six straight matches to capture the 2014 DeKalb County Spikefest Volleyball Tournament [...]

Dunwoody’s Paige McKnight Named Gatorade Georgia Player of Year

Dunwoody's Paige McKnight (8) goes up for a kill against Creekview. (Photo by Mark Brock) Paige McKnight of Dunwoody High School announced today (Thursday, December 11) as the [...]


Chamblee's Nikki Hawkins (9) was the 2005 Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year.

Chamblee’s Nikki Hawkins (9) was the 2005 Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year.

DeKalb County Schools returned to the volleyball court in the fall of 2000 after two decades of not participating. The schools had fielded both boys’ and girls’ team from the late 1960s until the sport was dropped following the 1980 season.

The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) sanctioned the state tournament in 1993, but it would not be until that 2000 season before DeKalb County would begin fielding girls’ volleyball teams once again.

Lakeside stood out early on by winning the 7-AAAAA title four consecutive seasons (2000-2003). Druid Hills won the 5-AAAA title in 2003 to 2004 by compiling a 69-19 record. The Lady Red Devils had four consecutive winning seasons from 2001 to 2004, including at the time a county best record of 41-7 in 2003.

Improvement in the play of the DeKalb County Schools is starting to show with 9 teams finishing with winning records in 2004 following 8 teams in both 2002 and 2003.

DeKalb began to make some noise in the state tournament beginning with Chamblee’s run to the Class AAAA state semifinals in 2005. Brook Kline’s Lady Bulldogs set the county record for wins with a 56-8 record that season behind the play of 2005 Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year Nikki Hawkins before falling to three-time defending state champion Woodward Academy.

Dunwoody captured the 2005 Area 5-AAA title and just missed out on a final four appearance to go with Chamblee’s sectional championship and final four appearance. Chamblee compiled a 138-56 record between 2002 and 2005 under the direction of Kline.

The 2012 and 2013 seasons would bring two more Final Four appearances to DeKalb County. Lakeside reached the Class AAAAA semis in 2012 behind the direction of Angela Thompson to become the first team since Chamblee to reach the Final Four. Lakeside fell to eventual state champ Whitewater in the semifinals as the only non-Area 4-AAAAA team left in the state tournament. The Lady Vikings finished 29-7 on the season as area champions and were one of five DeKalb teams to earn playoff berths.

Dunwoody is latest team to reach Final Four.

Dunwoody reached three consecutive Final Fours from 2013 to 2015.

Dunwoody gave the county its first back-to-back Final Four appearances since returning to action in 2000. The Lady Wildcats, under the direction of Coach Doug Friedlander and assistant coach Nikki Hawkins (Chamblee’s 2005 Player of the Year), finished the regular season 22-23.

The post season got off to a roaring start with the Lady Wildcats bringing home the area championship during a seven match win streak to reach the Class AAAAA Final Four in 2013. Dunwoody fell to eventual state runner-up Sequoyah in the semifinals to finish 29-24 on the season.

The Lady Wildcats would extend their Final Four streak to three consecutive seasons advancing to the 2014 and 2015 Class 5A Final Fours falling in close semifinal matches both years.