South Forsyth volleyball began Tuesday attempting to do what has become so difficult the past two seasons: defeat Johns Creek.
But the Lady War Eagles’ frustrations continued in a 19-25, 25-22, 17-25 loss to the No. 1-ranked Lady Gladiators on Tuesday at West Forsyth in an Area 6-AAAAAA match.
So No. 3-ranked South ended the night doing what it does best: defeating county opponents.
The Lady War Eagles’ continued their dominance with a 25-16, 25-21 victory against West Forsyth, extending their winning streak against teams in Forsyth County to 17 matches.
South once exerted superiority over both county opponents and Johns Creek in tandem from 2012 to ’13. The Lady War Eagles’ last loss to a county opponent was Sept. 11, 2012, against Lambert, but South has been perfect since against Forsyth Central (1-0), Lambert (5-0), North Forsyth (5-0), Pinecrest Academy (1-0) and West (5-0). South won two straight against Johns Creek (32-3, 9-0) in 2012 but has lost eight of nine meetings since with its last win against Lady Gladiators on Sept. 17, 2013.
Tuesday’s meeting between the two teams had the usual significance that’s become so common. Both entered ranked in the top 3 of Class AAAAAA by MaxPreps. Both were undefeated in area play.
But the results were all too familiar too, and the sting of the loss seemed to linger against West. The Lady War Eagles led by as few as one (16-15) deep into the first set before pulling away. They led 20-11 in the second set before West mounted a vigorous comeback to within 20-19.
“That was not our best performance,” Wren said. “We need to continue to maintain our tempo in every match.
“The kids get upset when they lose to [Johns Creek] because it’s the team that we continually seek to beat, and we haven’t. … Johns Creek out-smarts us. Athlete for athlete, we’re good. They play a smarter game than we do right now as a whole.”
Amanda Nugent led South (31-7, 6-1) with 28 kills and 12 digs despite having a fever in the morning. Lily Kincaid added 14 kills, and Shea McNamara had 12 kills along with five blocks. Erin Yeatman had a team-best 52 digs, while Courtney Darling had 51 assists. The Lady War Eagles were without senior right-side hitter Giana Frangipane, who suffered a concussion in practice and is out for a week.
West salvaged the night with a convincing 25-23, 25-13 victory against Northview earlier in the tri-match.