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Warriors fend off Musketeers and Patriots.

Posted: September 23, 2012 - 12:09am
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Grovetown's Katie Chancellor returns a volley against Westside. The Lady Warriors are now 9-7.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Grovetown's Katie Chancellor returns a volley against Westside. The Lady Warriors are now 9-7.

At the end of August, the Grovetown volleyball team went through three tough days when it lost four matches in a row.

Since then it has won five in a row, including home matches against Westside and Richmond Academy on Tuesday night.

The Lady Warriors’ (9-7) losing stretch corresponded with one of coach Amy Slagle’s key players deciding to quit the team. A reversal of fortunes was needed.

“Last week we beat Midland Valley and Aquinas and hopefully those wins got us over that hump,” said Slagle. “Hopefully this is the turnaround point for us.”

The Warriors beat the Westside Lady Patriots (8-8) 25-11, 25-14 and beat the ARC Lady Musketeers 25-8 and 25-17 an hour later.

Kayla Koester led the team with four aces against Westside, three of them coming early in game one as the Warriors turned a one-point deficit into a three-point advantage. The Patriots would stay within three points for a while until the Lady Warriors pulled away for the 25-11 win.

In game two, the Lady Warriors found themselves down 10-9 early, but reeled off nine straight points behind the serving of senior Katie Hagins, taking a commanding 18-10 lead and going on to a 25-14 triumph.

Slagle got contributions from the whole squad, led by Katie Chancellor’s eight kills and Hagins’ six assists.

In both teams’ second match of the night, the Lady Warriors dispatched the Musketeers (1-7) 25-8 in game one before breaking open a close game late for a 25-17 game two win.

Koester led the Warriors with five kills, Chancellor had six aces and Hagins, Savannah Burns and Asia Haywood each had three assists.

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