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Volleyball preview: Lassiter at South Forsyth
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Amanda Nugent and South Forsyth volleyball hope to start another deep playoff run. The Lady War Eagles reached the Class AAAAAA Final Four last season. - photo by Micah Green

Lassiter at South Forsyth

When, where: Thursday, 5:30 p.m., at South Forsyth High School in Cumming.

Records, rankings, seedings: Lassiter is 31-21, ranked No. 10 in Class AAAAAA and the No. 3 seed from Area 5; South is 34-19, No. 7 and the No. 2 seed from Area 6.

What to know: It was just a month ago that South defeated Lassiter, 25-18, 26-24, at the All-City Playdate hosted by the Lady War Eagles, and this figures to be an exciting rematch.

The Lady Trojans are a young team, leaning on a trio of sophomores for offense in Libby Bochniak (380 kills), Alexus Holt (246) and Micah Ensor (218). But they have experience on defense in seniors Annie Chandler (391 digs), Caylee Yanes (252) and Sam Link (240). Chandler is committed to Armstrong Atlantic, but it’s Bochniak who is the big threat – she leads the team in kills and is second in digs and assists.

South’s biggest threat is senior Taylor Svehla, the reigning Forsyth County News’ Player of the Year and this season’s Area 6-AAAAAA Player of the Year. She leads the Lady War Eagles in kills (547), aces (86) and blocks (83). But she’s had plenty of help on offense from Amanda Nugent (315 kills), Savian Jordan (118), Shae McNamara (97), Giana Frangipane (73) and Karlie Mason (69). Either Hannah Larson (677 assists) or Avery Tutt (477) have set them up for hits, while sophomore Erin Yeatman (454 digs) has emerged to lead South’s defense.

What’s next: The winner will play the Parkview-Rockdale County winner on Oct. 21.