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Volleyball: Preview of second-round state playoff matches
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North Forsyth volleyball players celebrate after a point against Lambert on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. - photo by Lily McGregor Photography

Mountain View at Lambert

When: Tuesday, 6 p.m.

Records, rankings, seedings: Mountain View is 33-19, unranked in Class 7A and the No. 3 seed from Area 6-7A; Lambert is 28-11, ranked No. 8 and the No. 1 seed from Area 5.

What to know: Lambert is in the second round of the state playoffs for the third straight season after a 25-5, 25-6, 25-3 victory against Berkmar last Thursday, a match that was enough one-sided that virtually every Longhorns player contributed. Lambert head coach Missey Hall will probably stick to a tighter rotation against Mountain View. The Titans came out of arguably the best of the three areas comprised of Gwinnett County teams, which included top-10 teams North Gwinnett (No. 5) and Mill Creek (No. 6). Lambert is No. 8, so Mountain View will at the least be mentally prepared for Ally Hall and company.

What’s next: The winner advances to the state quarterfinals where teams are re-seeded.

North Forsyth at North Gwinnett

When: Tuesday, 5 p.m.

Records, seedings, rankings: North is 38-9, ranked No. 3 in Class 7A and the No. 2 seed from Area 5-7A; North Gwinnett is 37-5, ranked No. 5 and the No. 1 seed from Area 6.

What to know: The Raiders made quick work of their first-round opponent Thursday, which set up this rematch of last season’s second-round match. North Gwinnett won that one, 3-1, and they won the teams’ only meeting during the regular season, 2-0. That one was much more competitive – a 25-23, 25-21 Bulldogs win – that should be a better indicator of what to expect in this season’s state playoff meeting, but only if the Raiders can improve on their .110 hitting percentage from that close loss.

What’s next: The winner advances to the state quarterfinals where teams are re-seeded.

South Forsyth at Grayson

When, where: Tuesday, 5 p.m.

Records, seedings, rankings: South is 16-24, unranked in Class 7A and the No. 3 seed from Area 5-7A; Grayson is 32-12, unranked and the No. 1 seed from Area 8.

What to know: With their first-round victory, South proved that, sometimes, records can be deceiving. The War Eagles’ wasn’t as pristine as years past, but the schedule was familiarly grueling, great preparation for the state playoffs. That’s probably why South is ranked just higher (No. 17) than Grayson (No. 18) despite the Rams entering as the Area 8-7A champions. So if the War Eagles can pull off another win – and reach the state quarterfinals for the sixth consecutive season – don’t be so surprised.

What’s next: The winner advances to the state quarterfinals where teams are re-seeded.