War Eagles volleyball begins region play


CUMMING, Ga.- South Forsyth’s volleyball team is off to a promising start as the focus shifts from nonregion to region play. The War Eagles are currently 17-3 overall and 3-0 in region 6-AAAAAA.

The War Eagles began the season with two losses, 3-0 against Walton and 2-1 against Woodstock. Since then, Head Coach Kelly Wren’s team has been 39-6 in sets, only dropping one match to a talented Lassiter team.

The War Eagles won the Georgia Challenge tournament on Aug. 29 at the Southern Volleyball Center in Alpharetta, going 6-0 in the tourney.

South Forsyth enters region play ranked No. 4 in the state according to maxpreps.com. To win the region, they will have to outplay the top-ranked team in the state, Johns Creek.

Last season the War Eagles would finish runner-up in the region to Johns Creek. Although both teams finished 8-1 in the region, Johns Creek defeated South Forsyth in the regular season to earn the tiebreaker. Johns Creek would eventually knock the War Eagles out of the state playoffs in the Elite Eight.

In the region, the War Eagles will also have to compete against talented teams from West Forsyth, Lambert, Centennial and Alpharetta.

Junior Amanda Nugent leads the War Eagles offense with 204 kills, 16 aces and 71 serving points. Juniors Lily Kincaid and Shea McNamara have also been crucial to South Forsyth’s offense, combining for 163 kills. Senior Rachel Ross has 20 aces on the season and Junior Savian Jordan has a 98 percent serving percentage on 214 serves. Courtney Darling leads the team with a remarkable 437 assists.

Defensively, McNamara has 38 total blocks, followed by Giana Frangipane with 23. Erin Yeatman leads the team with 334 digs.

South Forsyth began region play Aug. 27 against Alpharetta, defeating the Raiders 2-0 behind Nugent’s 11 kills and Darling’s 27 assists.

The War Eagles defeated region opponents Northview (25-13, 25-11) and Habersham Central (25-7, 25-9) on Sept. 1 to stay undefeated in region 6-AAAAAA.

The War Eagles will continue region play when they face Centennial and North Forsyth on Sept. 8. Four of their final five games with be against region opponents, including Sept. 22 against Johns Creek, where the region championship could very well be at stake.