Lambert earned its second consecutive trip to the second round of the state playoffs Wednesday night as the Lady Longhorns routed Kennesaw Mountain (25-17, 25-16, 25-7) at home.
Lambert advances to play at Camden County, a 3-1 winner over Duluth, on Tuesday.
The Lady Longhorns’ offense finished the night with four players having seven or more kills, while Jordyn Moellering finished the night with 20 digs.
“All we’re doing is looking one game at a time,” Lambert head coach Missey Hall said. “We’ve got the depth and talent, but we’re not looking too far ahead.”
Lambert (28-12) entered Wednesday faced the task of forgetting about its five-set heartbreaker to South Forsyth in the Region 5-7A championship game, while Kennesaw Mountain looked to prove its worthiness of a playoff spot.
The first set proved to be Lambert’s statement to the Lady Mustangs as the Lady Longhorns hit hard, and hit often. Lambert got off to a quick start behind junior Amanda Sinning’s team-high eight kills as the offense took an early 13-6 lead into the first official timeout.
“We’ve been working on our defense all season,” Sinning said. “It’s been great to see it put to action especially in the state playoffs.”
Kennesaw Mountain came out of the timeout and scored two quick points to cut the Lambert lead to 17-14, but that’s all Lambert allowed as they cruised to a 25-17 first set.
“It was awesome to see these kids bounce back,” Hall said. “We’ve been battling through the flu and fevers so it’s great to see them come out as game busters.”
The Lady Mustangs made things interesting in the beginning of the second set going up 4-0, but Lambert had other plans going on a 19-9 run to take a 19-13 lead into an official timeout.
Out of the timeout, Kennesaw Mountain looked to fight off going down 2-0, but Lambert shut the door winning the second set 25-16.
Going into the third set the Lady Mustangs faced the daunting task of trailing 2-0, but Lambert took control with a 12-0 run. Kennesaw Mountain failed to find any offensive groove in the third set as Lambert decisively took the sweep 25-7.