West Forsyth celebrated senior night in style with a win over Forsyth Central on Thursday night.
The Wolverines (14-24, 3-2 in 7A Area 5) won 25-23, 25-16, 25-20 to complete the sweep of the Bulldogs (4-27, 0-5). The win marked West’s first win at home this season, after previously being 0-5.
“We played just good enough,” West head coach Jake Dickey said. “We haven’t played real well at home. I don’t know if it’s nerves or what it is. But it’s senior night and we came out a little flat I think and just kind of eeked it out. But I guess a win is a win. It doesn’t have to be pretty.”
The first set of the night went back-and-forth. Central had an 11-8 lead before West went on 6-1 run, thanks in large part to the play at the net from Olivia Dodd. Dodd had two straight blocks and a kill to give the Wolverines a 14-12 lead.
The Bulldogs battled back to cut it to 24-23, but Dodd struck again. Central returned her initial spike back over the net, and then Dodd sent another one right back where it came from for the winner.
After Central took an early 5-2 lead in the second set, West came back and won the set easily. They went on an 11-3 run to win the second set 25-16.
The Bulldogs came out strong in the third set and even held a 12-10 lead in the final set, but once again they were unable to stop another Wolverines run. West scored seven straight points to take a 17-12 lead. Then they finished it off by scoring the final four points of the match.
“It’s such a game of momentum,” Central head coach Brian Welsch said. “It’s such a back-and-forth game. We made too many errors. We made some silly errors and we made some errors that I’ve never seen before. But at the same time, we were able to turn it around with a good serve or two, a good rally or two and start to steal a little of that momentum. So it’s nice to see them fight even late in the game.
Annie Veldhuis led the Wolverines with 15 kills in the match. But like Coach Dickey, she also expects much better from her team.
‘We definitely didn’t play as well as we could’ve, but we finished strong,” Veldhuis said. “We definitely missed a lot of serves this game, so I think if we can just get more in, that’ll make it a lot easier.”
The Area 5-7A Tournament is set to begin a week from Tuesday on Oct. 3, and with West in third place and Central in sixth, these two teams are likely to meet again.
“It gives us a little confidence,” Dickey said. “We know we’ll play them again in a couple weeks, and we know that we can beat them now, so that should be an advantage for us. Hopefully we’ll play better next Tuesday.”