West Forsyth volleyball entered area play last Tuesday rolling along at 17-0, coming off tournament wins at the Forsyth Challenge and the Collins Hill Classic.
Chattahoochee put an end to the good vibes, albeit briefly, with a 2-1 win in the Area 6-AAAAAA opener. It was an eye-opening moment for West.
The Lady Wolverines took command early in Tuesday’s match at Lambert with an 11-2 run to open the first set on the way to a (25-21, 25-18) win over the Lady Longhorns.
“We went to Chattahoochee last week and played maybe the worst match I’ve seen us play,” West coach Jake Dickey said. “I think we learned a good lesson in that every area match is going to be tough.”
West (26-2, 3-1 Area 6-AAAAAA) used a balanced attack to jump on Lambert from the first point as the Lady Wolverines built a 19-9 lead in the first set.
“Going up big early in the first set gave us a confidence boost and helped us settle down a bit,” Dickey said.
The Lady Longhorns (12-16, 1-2) woke up with a 9-2 run of their own to draw within 21-18, forcing Dickey to call timeout.
Two points later, the Lady Wolverines won a contentious point. A Lambert player appeared to touch the ball twice in succession—not a legal move—but play continued, despite the protests of West players and coaches.
Later in the rally, Lambert attempted a cross-court spike that landed just wide, but a line judge signaled that West tipped the ball, ruling that Lambert won a point that would have pulled them within 22-20. From his perch, the referee reversed course and awarded the Lady Wolverines a crucial point. Lambert did not argue the overturned call.
In the second set, Lambert won three quick points before West answered with five straight. The Lady Longhorns pulled even at 13 apiece when Madeleine Bertz blocked a West shot attempt. That was as close as Lambert would get: West ripped off an 8-3 run and closed out a two-set victory.
Taylor Ashcraft led West with eight kills. Chloe Lance finished with five kills; Jaz Berry, Caroline Frye and Shelby Lance notched four kills each. Jordan Leitch, fourth in Area 6 in assists entering Tuesday, tallied 24 for the Lady Wolverines, and Danielle Menningman finished with 11 digs. West made just seven errors in the match.
For Lambert, Savannah Beer had five kills and Kendal Barrett totaled nine assists.
West added a straight-set win over Alpharetta later Tuesday evening for a third consecutive area win.