Tuesday night was a homecoming of sorts for the Greenbrier volleyball team.
The Lady Wolfpack last played at home Sept. 12, but still entered Tuesday’s match with an 11-game win streak and a No. 9 rank in Class AAAAA.
The team wasted little time in taking care of the Class AA Westside Patriots, winning 25-6, 25-10 and 25-16.
“We’ve been so intense for the last month,” said Greenbrier head coach Debbie Born. “It’s nice to be home for a while.”
The Lady Wolfpack (29-1) has four home games before jumping into the Area 2-AAAAA tournament.
“We’re all still going strong,” said senior setter Hayley Hughes. “We’re ready for regions.”
For Westside, the game was a chance to get seasoned for its area tournament with a tough non-area opponent.
“Our intent was to schedule a difficult non-region schedule,” said Lady Patriots head coach Brian Hadden. “Columbia County is typically at a higher level than Richmond County.”
Westside and Greenbrier were tied at two in the opening game when the Lady Wolfpack won the next 10 points behind the strong serving of Kenzie Schwartz, who had four aces. Hughes was also strong with four assists in the span.
Schwartz and Hughes paced Greenbrier with six aces apiece while Hughes had a game-high 14 assists. Jen Purucker and DeJhana Cotton had eight and five kills, respectively.
In game two, the Lady Wolfpack led 10-7 before pulling away to win 25-10.
In the third game, the Lady Patriots hung tough.
“We tried to fix the mistakes we made in the first and second set,” Hadden said.
Trailing 17-10, the Lady Patriots came back and got to 18-16 on a Callie Huggins kill. The Lady Wolfpack stretched it back to 20-16, then got a Purucker kill, two Gabbi Meyering aces, a Lady Patriots hitting error and finally another Purucker kill to end the match.