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Lady Knights stay perfect

Posted: September 8, 2015 - 11:09pm
Evans' Macy Neal (11) tries to get the ball past Grovetown's DeAndra King on Thursday at Grovetown. Evans is undefeated.   Photos by Chris Thelen
Photos by Chris Thelen
Evans' Macy Neal (11) tries to get the ball past Grovetown's DeAndra King on Thursday at Grovetown. Evans is undefeated.

Having already beaten Lakeside and Greenbrier, defending Area 2-AAAAA champion Grovetown was the last area county volleyball team in front of Evans High School.

At Grovetown, the Lady Knights took down the Lady Warriors, 25-15, 25-20, then improved to 6-0 with a 25-6, 25-19 win over Westside on Thursday night.

“But none of them count,” Lady Knights’ coach Lauren Farr said of the games that didn’t go toward their area record. “They don’t matter, these don’t count – the next ones are the ones that count and we’ve still got to get better, because I know all the other three teams in the county are going to get better as well.”

The Knights’ defense was everywhere the Lady Warriors (10-3) were hitting the ball in the first game, with blockers slowing Grovetown’s attack. They jumped out to a 11-3 lead, built it to 19-7 and went on to the 25-15 win.

“We just really wanted to stay undefeated,” said senior hitter Hannah Peters. “I’m really proud of us because we usually do start out slow but we started out on fire tonight; we were just ready, focused.”

Grovetown coach Amy Slagle thought she made a tactical error, switching two players’ places on the court to start the match before changing her rotation back to normal for Game 2.

“I think that affected the chemistry, so I put it back in Game 2 and you see we made a run for it but at that point I think the morale was pretty low,” said Slagle.

The Lady Knights started strong once again, jumping out to a 3-0 lead, but the Lady Warriors kept it at a three-point margin until they took their first lead of the game at 13-12 on a block by Norsha Montgomery and Tess Reynolds. Another Montgomery block gave the Lady Warriors a 19-16 lead but Evans fought back, taking a 20-19 lead. DeAndra King’s block tied it once again at 20 and then the Lady Knights really went to work.

Seniors Rebekah Lott and Peters were the team’s best offensive weapons with nine kills apiece, but the final five points of Game 2 were a team effort. Peters, assisted by Skyler Bennett, got a kill to break the 20-all tie. Bailey Booth battled Grovetown’s strong front line and got a block for the 22-20 lead, Bennett got a kill, Peters recorded an ace and then Lott and Booth combined on a block to win it.

“In practice, coach (Lauren) Farr is telling us to keep focus, making sure we finish out our last five points,” said Peters. “We told ourselves, last game of five, guys, let’s win this game of five.”

The Lady Warriors would rebound in the final match of the night against Westside, beating the Lady Patriots, 25-12, 25-10, but Slagle thought her team left points out on the court.

“My team can play way better than that,” Slagle said. “I’ve seen them perform way better than that to where some days I feel like nobody can beat us. That’s how good they look, but I did not see that team tonight.”

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