NEWNAN - South Forsyth advanced to the Class 6A Elite Eight with a 25-18, 25-21, 23-25, 25-21 victory at East Coweta on Tuesday.
The Lady War Eagles (47-12) will play Harrison at home at 1:30 p.m, affording South with a chance to pay back the Lady Hoyas for a quarterfinals defeat last season.
South has faced Harrison (49-10) three times this season, losing the first match on Aug. 24 (15-25, 25-22, 15-12) before defeating the Lady Hoyas on Sept. 7 (25-21, 25-21) and Sept. 14 (23-25, 25-18, 15-6)
The Lady War Eagles advanced to the Elite 8 with a four-point victory in the fourth set.
East Coweta tied the fourth set at 3-all early, but South took the lead for good on its next point.
After the Lady War Eagles pushed the lead out to 17-10 late in the set, East Coweta made one final run to cut the lead to 22-20.
South closed out the contest winning three of the last four points.
“When we turned up the heat, South became scrappier and scrappier,” East Coweta coach Amber McClure said. “For such a great net team, they became very defensive minded. That is a hard one-two punch to overcome.”
An ace by Haylea Mannebach during the Lady Indians’ victorious third set tied the game at 14-all and East Coweta never trailed in that game again after taking the lead on the next point.
Deep serves by Mauer during the set and several kills by Jessi Bartholomew, who went into the state tournament as the Class 6A leader in kills, helped East Coweta push the lead in the third set to 23-19.
South made a late run in the third set and closed the gap to 24-23, before the Lady Indians won the final point of the game to stay alive.
Sports editor Brian Paglia contributed to this article.