South Forsyth got back in its local groove Tuesday, taking down North Forsyth in two sets to sweep its matches at Centennial High School.
The Lady War Eagles won 25-13 and 25-18 over the Lady Raiders in the last game of a Region 6-AAAAAA quad-match between the two Forsyth schools, Northview and Centennial. Junior libero Erin Yeatman recorded her 1,000th career dig in the match as well, in just her second year on varsity.
For South (21-5, 5-0) the victories were a return to the norm after the No. 6 ranked team in the state, according to the last MaxPreps.com rankings, split four matches during a weekend road trip that included the Dirty Dozen tournament in Mobile, Alabama.
Still, head coach Kelly Wren thought her team was far away from the precision she expects from her talented group.
“I think we had a difficult time getting into rhythm tonight,” Wren said. “I don't know if it was because we were just getting back from Mobile over the weekend, or what, but we had a hard time getting into rhythm. Every game that we go out we want to work on things we need to do, and I don't feel like we did that. Did we do some good things? Absolutely. We had great ball control, but we didn't quite do everything we wanted.”
North took a 14-7 lead into the first timeout against South. The Lady War Eagles gave 13 errors away to North in the first set, taking the pressure off South to make winning plays. South only had four errors during that same span, and was led in Set 1 by four kills and a block from captain Amanda Nugent.
Instead of mentioning erratic starts, which have held North (12-8, 2-3) in a bind early in matches all season, head coach Joy Stewart saw a lack of focus in her players.
“We got in our heads a little bit. The girls know a lot of the players and built it up a lot and just didn't play their best. I'm not sure there was much more to say than that,” Stewart said.
South's Lily Kincaid was the player of the match, registering a total of eight kills with six coming late in Set 2. Kincard had three consecutive darts from the left wing to extend South's lead to 16-8 after the score was 13-8 at the second timeout. Avery Kline added six total kills from the other side, while Nugent had six kills and a block point for the match.
North was led by Maddie Bryant's six total kills, two block points and an ace.
South defeated Centennial in its first match, 26-24 and 25-18, while North handled Northview, 25-20, 25-17.