Harrison at South Forsyth
When, where: Wednesday, 6 p.m., at The Nest in Cumming.
Records, rankings, seedings: Harrison is 32-9, No. 4 in Class AAAAAA and the No. 3 seed; South is 40-7, No. 3 and the No. 2 seed.
What to know: South Forsyth is in the state semifinals for the second time in the past three seasons, and it encounters a familiar foe of past state playoff appearances in the Lady Hoyas. In 2012, Harrison ended South’s season in the quarterfinals, but the Lady War Eagles returned the favor the following season, defeating the Lady Hoyas in the quarterfinals. The teams met once this regular season, and it was an intense, five-set affair that South pulled out 16-25, 25-17, 22-25, 25-23, 22-20.
Harrison offers South an interesting challenge. Harrison’s game is precision ball control. The Lady Hoyas don’t have much height overall with one glaring exception: junior middle hitter Katie Doering. The High Point University commitment is a force on offense (385 kills) and defense (285 blocks). Sophomore Kaylee Morris (954 assists) set up the offense, while sophomores Camryn Bihary (462 digs) and Riley Fisher (321 digs) lead the defense.
South is coming off its biggest test of the playoffs, a 25-19, 25-23, 25-18 victory against Mountain View in which the Lady War Eagles were forced to adapt. It worked out alright; junior Amanda Nugent had 22 kills, sophomore Avery Kline added seven and here is South – just one win away from playing for a state title.
What’s next: The winner plays the Etowah-Walton winner Saturday in the Class AAAAAA championship at Marietta High School.