While Greenbrier High School and Harlem High both wanted to win, Tuesday night’s volleyball match was about more than that.
Greenbrier (Area 2-AAAAA) and Harlem (Area 3-AA) both have crucial area matches on Thursday, so Tuesday’s out-of-area play was preparation for those.
Greenbrier will head into its matches against Lakeside and Evans on Thursday having won 12 of 14 matches including a 25-3, 25-2, 25-7 win over Harlem.
“We’ve really gotten a lot better since the start of the season, playing a lot better as a team,” said senior captain Gabbi Meyering, who said Tuesday was important to stay ready for upcoming matches. “It’s more of a mental game than anything, so we have to really mentally prepare for the Thursday games and for our region tournament.”
The bigger Lady Wolfpack team was dominant at the net, led by DeJhana Cotton, who registered 14 kills, with Lauren Ingalls getting 10 assists.
If the Lady Wolfpack (21-13) defeat Lakeside on Thursday, they will be the area’s No. 1 seed heading into tournament play at Grovetown on Friday, Oct.11.
“Every game is an experience to get better and improve on little things no matter the score,” said Lady Wolfpack head coach Debbie Born. “We’re working on things that we need to work on and they’re working on things they need to work on.”
Harlem (1-15) faces Laney and Josey on Thursday night then they play host to Josey on Tuesday. A split with Josey would most likely get them into the Class AA state playoffs for the second-consecutive season.
“Laney and Josey is big, we either go to state playoffs again or we don’t if we don’t win,” said Lady Bulldogs head coach Rebekkah Bullard. “It’s good for them to play these types of games before big tournaments to make sure we’re ready for that.”