Grovetown opens volleyball season with a pair of victories

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Grovetown's Asia Haywood (left) and Cara Henley go for a hit during a match against Evans High.   EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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Grovetown's Asia Haywood (left) and Cara Henley go for a hit during a match against Evans High.

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With expectations riding high for Grovetown’s senior-laden volleyball team, it was time to see what would happen in game situations Thursday night.

The Warriors opened their season by playing host to a round-robin with Evans and Cross Creek and came away 2-0. Cross Creek defeated Evans to break even for the night.

“I’m excited about this team,” Lady Warriors head coach Amy Slagle said. “You’re always nervous to see if they’re going to show up. I don’t really have any complaints.”

What hurt the Lady Knights (1-3) was their inefficiency at defending serves. They trailed Grovetown 12-6 in the first game when Kayla Koester hit all four of her aces as Grovetown scored seven-consecutive points to take a 19-6 lead. The Lady Warriors won 25-9.

The Lady Knights rebounded in the second game while Slagle sat some of her starters, winning 25-23, but the Lady Warriors won the third game 25-20.

“We’re young, we’re going to get there,” Lady Knights head coach Lance Schuckers said. “We couldn’t serve receive and that was our downfall all night long.”

Cross Creek beat Evans 25-16, lost 25-19 and came back to take the
match, 25-19.

“We played real hard, I was happy with the way we played both matches,” said Cross Creek head coach Scott Hawkins. “I was happy with the win over Evans.”

The Lady Warriors proved to be too much for Cross Creek from the start, winning 25-20, 25-11.

Grovetown senior Taralyn Gillham was pleased with the way the team began the season.

“It feels so great, it’s the first year we’ve ever beat Evans,” said Gillham, who recorded eight aces against the Lady Knights. “I’m glad that it’s our senior year and we’re pulling together and killing it.”


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