Greenbrier’s volleyball team started its state playoff run on Thursday night the same way it finished off its area championship run.
The No. 1-seeded Lady Wolfpack didn’t drop a game in their Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA playoff opener, sweeping No. 4 Stephenson, 25-22, 25-19, 25-15.
Head coach Debbie Born liked the way her team covered the floor throughout, but didn’t think the Lady Wolfpack played their best until late.
“We didn’t play very clean the first two games, the third game was clean,” Born said.
The Lady Wolfpack (27-14) built a cushion in the first two games, but the Lady Jaguars fought back. Sarah White was key in Greenbrier’s ability to close out the first two games.
After Stephenson (21-5) rallied for three consecutive points to tie Game 1 at 20, Greenbrier went on a 5-2 run, capped by White’s ace for the final point.
In the second game, with Greenbrier holding a 22-19 lead, White fired off another ace and the Lady Wolfpack claimed the next two points for the win.
“I’ve been trying to serve it short and looking at spots and the middle was open, so I was trying to serve it in the middle,” White said.
White also added seven kills, joining DeJhana Cotton and Gabbi Meyering, who recorded 11 and seven kills, respectively. Lauren Ingalls set the hitters up with a game-high 24 assists.
In the final game, Greenbrier built a 10-3 advantage, but Stephenson came back to get within 13-11. The Lady Wolfpack regained control for good, winning 12 of the next 16 points.
“We’re the type of team that’s always back-and-forth, we’re still building,” Ingalls said. “We are learning as we go along, and that’s what I love about us.”
In the second round, Greenbrier will face the Northside Columbus-Allatoona winner at home on Tuesday night.