Originally created 10/11/00

Greenbrier makes it look easy



Greenbrier volleyball coach Debbie Born never realized winning an Area 4 championship would be so easy. And Lady Wolfpack senior Sara Smith never dreamed she would have a birthday like this.

The Lady Wolfpack won its first Area 4 title Tuesday night, trouncing Oconee County in straight sets in the tournament finals at the Greenbrier gym.

Greenbrier also swept the Area 4 awards. Smith, who celebrated her birthday Tuesday, was named Player of the Year, while Born earned Coach of the Year honors.

"We were so in rhythm that it was incredible," Born said after her squad smashed the Lady Warriors 3-0 in the best-of-five match at the Brierpatch.

The 15-5, 15-4 and 15-8 scores tell part of the story, and the dazed look on the faces of the Lady Warriors told the rest. Greenbrier (26-3) played so well, Oconee County led only twice, at 3-2 in the first set and 3-0 in the last.

Greenbrier quickly erased both deficits with power and precision. Middle hitters Smith and Lindsey Sutherland dominated the net, with Laura Schmidt providing punch from the outside. At the setter positions, Meghan Yoder and Anna Beth Barton chalked up numerous assists.

"We were so smooth and so confident, we just let it flow," senior co-captain Maggie Rountree said.

In the first set, Sutherland's jump-serve put the Lady Wolfpack ahead 4-3. Smith later added two aces, and Christy Hill set Sutherland for a kill to make it 8-3. The dominance continued with an ace by Schmidt and two more aces from Sutherland. Barton assisted Smith for the final kill in the opener.

Oconee County substituted frequently, but to no avail -- Greenbrier jumped to a 10-1 lead in set two, and Rountree finished off the 15-4 score with two aces.

After the early 3-0 deficit in the closer, Greenbrier forged a 4-3 lead. Becky Martin added solid defense and Sutherland kept serving aces to help the Pack pull away. A final ace by Yoder sealed the match and secured the title.