Fifth ranked South Forsyth won its 17th consecutive set and its eighth straight match Tuesday night at home during a quad match, defeating cross town rival Lambert in a short and decisive performance.
The Lady War Eagles (27-5, 6-0 Region 6-AAAAAA) won the first set 25-13 and led 8-1 in the second before Lambert mounted a furious comeback, tightening the score at 23-19 and calling a timeout at 24-19 to extend the game as much as possible.
South coach Kelly Wren thought her team lost focus after dominating through their first 33 points of the match.
“Yeah, they did,” Wren said. “Lambert has a lot of young but experienced talent, they've got a nice block and Ashley Cruise is a legitimate outside (hitter), so you can't sleep on that team. We got comfortable.
“I think we came out ready to play. When we're most successful it's when our block is defending the backcourt for us, the servicing was crisp. Everything was going great, but we just had that glitch and we're trying to overcome that.”
South didn't commit a single error en route to its 8-2 start that forced a timeout from Lambert in the first set. The Lady War Eagles led 22-8 heading into the second timeout and were led by six kills and an ace from outside hitter Amanda Nugent and three kills and three block points from Shealyn McNamara.
Nugent had three kills to lead the pack in the second set, while McNamara had two kills and a block as Lambert's errors helped the Lady War Eagles pull away.
The play of the game was a foot save by South's Courtney Darling in the first set after a diving dig from libero Erin Yeatman. Unfortunately for South, a dispute in the play regarding whether or not Darling's save was true forced a re-do of the point.
Lambert (17-8, 2-3) was led by six kills and an ace from Cruise for the match.
“South is not a team that you can get down on because their arsenal is so good, they come out strong and control the tempo and we sat back on our heels early on. We settled in in the second set, but it was a little too late,” Lambert head coach Missey Hall said. “They're a great team and they have more options in terms of depth than we do. We just have to work on servicing, defending. Our blocking really came on in the end and ignited us, but at least we know what we need to work on.”