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Volleyball: Previews of second-round state playoff matchups
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Lambert's Claire Richey (center) and Lael White (right) celebrate after winning a point in the Longhorns' game against South Forsyth on Oct. 2, 2018 at South Forsyth High School. - photo by Ian Frazer
South Forsyth at North Gwinnett

When: Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. in Suwanee.

Records: South is 25-11; North Gwinnett is 37-7.

What to know: The War Eagles suffered a major blow in the Area 5-7A tournament two weeks ago, falling to Milton 3-2 in a thrilling championship match. It was their only loss to an area opponent this season, and it bumped South down to a second seed to start the state playoffs. South bounced back to make quick work of a vastly inferior Shiloh team in the first round, but its road matchup against North Gwinnett is almost guaranteed to be much more of a challenge. The Bulldogs only have only lost twice since Sept. 8.

Lambert at Norcross

When: Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. in Norcross.

Records: Lambert is 32-9; Norcross is 32-12.

What to know: After losing key outside hitter Ally Hall with an ACL tear early in the year, the Longhorns knew they would have to rely on others if they were going to be successful this year. They've done that successfully, amassing more wins than any other team in Area 5-7A behind the performances of Claire Richey, Haley Horton and Bella Tolone (381 kills, 318 digs). Norcross, the Area 7-7A champions, struggled a little bit early in the year but has settled into some consistency. There is some precedent of Lambert success in this matchup: the Longhorns defeated the Blue Devils 2-0 on Sept. 13.

West Forsyth at Brookwood

When: Tuesday, 5:00 p.m. in Snellville.

Records: West is 22-21; Brookwood is 36-15.

What to know: The Wolverines never really found consistency this season, losing 11 out of 12 matches at one point before turning it around a little bit down the stretch. Their only Area 5-7A win this year, a 3-1 result against North Forsyth in the area tournament, secured them a No. 4 seed. They were able to take care of Area 8-7A champion Grayson in the first round, but their second round tilt against the Broncos will likely be a tougher challenge for the Wolverines. West has also played the Wolverines recently, falling 2-0, albeit in two close sets, on Oct. 6.