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Lady Panthers duo set team up for success in wins

Posted: August 20, 2013 - 10:34pm  |  Updated: August 25, 2013 - 12:08am
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Grovetown's Tiara Ramey gets the ball over the net in front of Lakeside's Holly Sweeting (left) and Eliza Brownfield. Lakeside improved to 3-1 Tuesday with wins over Grovetown and Harlem.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Grovetown's Tiara Ramey gets the ball over the net in front of Lakeside's Holly Sweeting (left) and Eliza Brownfield. Lakeside improved to 3-1 Tuesday with wins over Grovetown and Harlem.

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It’s not surprising to hear Lakeside High School volleyball players Holly Sweeting and Breanna Dixon answering questions at the same time or finishing each other’s sentences.

On the court, the duo has been teaming up to much success in the 2013 season’s early going. Tuesday night was no exception as the Lady Panthers improved to 3-1 with wins over Grovetown and Harlem.

With head coach Maureen McCormack using Grace Jeffers as the setter in the team’s final game against Harlem, the sophomore setter Dixon and junior hitter Sweeting combined for 11 kills in three games. Overall, Sweeting finished with 19 kills while Dixon had 12 assists.

“I know where she is,” said Sweeting, “and I know what she wants,” finished Dixon.

McCormack is happy with the way the pair has come together this year.

“Breanna’s (Dixon) doing our set for us and she knows who to look for,” McCormack said. “I mean Holly’s our big hitter so they have a very good connection.”

Against Grovetown, the Lady Panthers jumped out to an 11-0 lead in the first game with Alexis Dunbar recording three aces.

The Lady Warriors would not go away however, cutting the lead to 14-13 before the Lady Panthers used a 5-0 run to gain separation and they went on to the 25-15 final.

“We made a number of mistakes in rotations and it was different people,” McCormack said. “We talked about it and we regrouped and they pulled it back together...”They did a good job. In the past we haven’t always been capable of pulling it back together.”

Sweeting and Dixon said the key was simple.

“We started talking,” chimed in both.

Trailing 4-2 in the second game, Eliza Brownfield toed the service line and the Lady Panthers again rolled off nine-consecutive points for an 11-4 advantage and they never looked back, winning 25-14.

The Lady Panthers then took care of Harlem, 25-8, 25-9. Grovetown head coach Amy Slagle was disappointed in her team’s performance after the match.

“We just looked kind of flat out there like we really didn’t want to play tonight,” Slagle said. “It’s a whole new team is what it is. I keep changing lineups until I find the right one.”

The Lady Warriors (2-2) earned a split with a 25-9, 25-8 win over the Lady Bulldogs (0-2).

After making the Class AA state playoffs last year, coach Rebekkah Bullard’s Lady Bulldogs jumped up in class Tuesday night.

“Personally I think its a good experience for my team,” said Bullard. “It gives them that edge of what it looks like to play with that quality of a volleyball program...I have high expectations and high hopes for this group.”

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