South Effingham High School

South Effingham makes quick work of Greenbrier

Lady Mustangs advance to second round of state tournament

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October 15, 2015

By Patrick Donahue

The ouster in last year’s Class AAAAA state volleyball tournament first round didn’t provide extra incentive for South Effingham coach Jenifer Hall on Thursday. For her players, though, the sting of last year’s loss was still raw. The Lady Mustangs absolved that wound, dispatching Greenbrier 25-14, 25-16 and 25-12 in a sweep of their first-round matchup. South Effingham advances to the second round against either Cambridge, ranked No. 2 in the state, or No. 10-ranked Union Grove. “We didn’t want to lose, said senior Shae Leverett. “We want to go as far as possible, further than we ever have. I think that motivated us to do our best. Added Hall: “There have been several of them that losing in the state first round kind ate at them all year. They have had an ax to grind. They’ve been waiting for it all year. I think they hung on to it more than I did. After the Lady Wolfpack took a 5-4 lead in the first game, South Effingham roared to go in front 17-11 as Faith Harris’ serve led to a point and prompted Greenbrier coach Nicole Abbott to call a timeout. A Leverett bump was answered by a Greenbrier dig, and the 6-foot-2 Leverett turned that into an emphatic kill and a 19-12 lead. South Effingham’s lead eventually swelled to 24-13. A Leverett ace in the second game pushed South Effingham’s advantage to 19-14, precipitating another Lady Pack timeout, and Emma Williams’ block at the net put the Lady Mustangs up 22-14. South Effingham took control much earlier in the final game, racing out to a 15-7 cushion. Tessa Cowart’s kill, set up by Brandi Wooten’s assist, made it 21-11. “We had a good game plan, and the girls bought into it, Hall said. “And we hit the ball. We’re the more offensive team, and that’s what we need to do is to hit the ball. If Cambridge wins, the Lady Mustangs will go on the road Tuesday. If Union Grove wins, South Effingham will host. “The game went to the more consistent team, Abbott said. “If they continue that, good things will happen. I’m sure at a higher tempo they’ll be just as successful.

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