Grovetown High fell in the first round of the state volleyball playoffs Wednesday against Oakwood’s West Hall High School.
In the best-three-out-of-five match, the Warriors never made it to the fourth game, losing 25-12, 25-16 and 25-19 in consecutive games.
Undefeated in Region 3-AAA, the Warriors entered the playoffs as a No. 1 seed, giving them a home match for the first round.
Though a No. 4 seed, West Hall came into the match with an 8-4 Region 8-AAA record, but an overall record of 34-7. That easily outmatched Grovetown’s 18-11 overall record.
In the first set, Grovetown kept pace with the Spartans until West Hall’s Tonya Bennett took the serve.
Bennett put up eight consecutive points, two coming from aces, and put the set out of reach for the Warriors.
Though they performed better, Grovetown suffered a similar ordeal in the second set when Trojan Stephanie Rowland went on a 10-score tear at service, which included an ace and three kills from Bennett. Seemingly the only thing that stopped Rowland was a self-inflicted service error into the net.
Serves and volleys improved for Grovetown in Game 3, and the Warriors managed to close the gap to 13-12 after falling early.
But, again, West Hall servers overpowered the Warriors.