Three of the four Area 2-AAAAA volleyball teams assembled at Greenbrier High School Thursday night, with the host Lady Wolfpack taking top honors.
A week after starting the season with a win against Lakeside, the Lady Wolfpack made it a clean sweep of the county as they took down Grovetown’s Lady Warriors 25-17, 25-14, then finished with a 25-14, 25-17 win over Evans’ Lady Knights.
Opening its season, Grovetown finished at 1-1 with a 12-25, 25-21, 25-21 win over the Lady Knights, who fell to 0-3 for the year.
With both teams returning just three players from a year ago, the Lady Wolfpack started out slow against Grovetown, but pulled away midway through both games to take down the Lady Warriors. They used the same formula in beating the Lady Knights.
“We’ve got to put the gas pedal on from the get-go,” Lady Wolfpack head coach Debbie Born said. “We can’t wait to get started or it’s going to bite us eventually. I’m happy we’re 3-0, but for us, we still have a lot of work to do.”
After falling to Greenbrier, the Lady Warriors made head coach Amy Slagle pleased with the way they rebounded to beat Evans.
“I don’t care about the loss, but I wasn’t excited about the way we performed against Greenbrier, but I’m so glad we stepped it up and played better against Evans,” Slagle said.
Lady Knights’ first-year head coach Lauren Farr knows her team will improve before the games count against their area record at the end of the season.
“We’re a young team, so I’m predicting as the season goes on we’ll get better,” Farr said...”We’re glad it doesnt count in the region.”
The Lady Wolfpack got the standout efforts they needed from their three returners. For the night, junior DeJhana Cotton and senior Gabbi Meyering totaled 13 and 10 kills, respectively, as junior setter Lauren Ingalls finished with 19 assists.
“We’re trying to feed those two, they’re our main hitters so we’re trying to get them the ball,” Born said. “But you can’t get them the ball without a good pass and our passing is getting better.”
In the match of the night, the Lady Warriors and Lady Knights split the first two games, forcing a decisive third. The Lady Warriors jumped out to a 9-1 lead behind four aces from Jessica Threatt, but the Lady Knights stormed back, taking their first lead of the night at 19-18.
Tiara Ramey stepped to the service line with the Lady Warriors leading 20-19, recorded three aces of her own and the Lady Warriors held on for the 25-21 final.
“When we finally did get going, it was almost a little too late at that point.” said Lady Knights first-year coach Lauren Farr.
Slagle made changes to her lineup for Evans match and it paid dividends, especially from a serving standpoint.
“Her (Ramey’s) serve and Jessica Threatt, I think their aces made an incredible difference,” Slagle said.