LOGANVILLE – South Forsyth volleyball left little doubt as to who the better team was Tuesday night sweeping Grayson 3-0 to advance to their sixth-straight state quarterfinal.
“It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” South Forsyth coach Kelly Wren said. “That’s so cliché, but it really is true in high school team sports.”
Wren should know as her team started the year 6-18. At that point, few would have thought South (17-24) would make it this far, but seniors Avery Kline and Hannah McGlockton would not let the War Eagles streak of state quarterfinal appearances end during their tenure.
“(Kline and McGlockton) have shown exceptional senior leadership,” Wren said. “Being tough when they needed to be, being the example when they needed to be, hustling in practice, doing the things they’re asking others to do and being uplifting when they needed to be.
“I know they wanted to continue the tradition that South had set.”
After taking the first set, South dominated the second set 25-10.
In the third set, South trailed the Lady Rams, 12-9, before going on an 11-3 streak to take control, eventually winning the set 25-17 to take the match.
During that 11-3 streak, McGlockton made a desperation play to help swing the momentum. The senior was able to dig a Grayson spike and then, sprawled out on the floor, she was able to get the ball back over the net while on her stomach after it deflected off a teammate.
“I was like, I am not letting that ball drop,” McGlockton said. “We started to decline in our play so I was like, ‘OK, let’s get some momentum.’"
Grayson (32-13) only scored two more points after that play.
“With our (area) tournament,” Kline said. “We started realizing that the end of our season is coming. This is the end of a lot of seasons for a lot of seniors.
“I think that really motivated us to push ourselves harder and to start realizing like, ‘Oh, it’s time to step up. It’s game time. It’s time to go.’”
South will now await to find out their seed for state quarterfinals, which they should know by Thursday.
“It depends on our seed,” said Wren about their chances moving forward. “(But) I truly feel, for the most part, that we can beat any team in the state right now.”