In a three-way battle among area volleyball teams, Grovetown came out on top Tuesday night.
In front of their home crowd, the Warriors beat Westside and Richmond Academy. Westside defeated Richmond Academy.
At the end of August, Grovetown lost four in a row; now the Warriors have won four in a row, improving to 9-7.
“Hopefully this is the turnaround point for us,” said Warriors coach Amy Slagle.
The Warriors took down the Patriots 25-11 in the first game but found themselves down 10-9 early in Game 2. Behind the strong serving of senior Katie Hagins, however, they reeled off nine consecutive points, taking an 18-10 lead. They won 25-14.
Slagle got contributions from the whole squad, which was led by Katie Chancellor’s eight kills and Kayla Koester’s four aces.
In the second match of the night, Westside evened its record at 8-8 with a 25-15, 25-17 win over Richmond Academy.
The Patriots held a 7-4 lead in Game 1 before Ann Sutton Wright led an 8-1 run on her serve with three aces.
In Game 2, Kendall Williams recorded two aces as the Patriots jumped out to a 4-0 lead then increased it to 8-1. The Musketeers would get as close as 20-13 before the Patriots went on to win.
“I was disappointed to split, but I’m happy to get any win,” said Patriots coach Brian Hadden.
In both teams’ second match of the night, the Warriors dispatched the Musketeers (1-7) 25-8 in Game 1 before breaking open a close game late en route to a 25-17 win in Game 2.
Koester led the Warriors with five kills and Chancellor had six aces while Hagins, Savannah Burns and Asia Haywood each had three assists.