Woodland volleyball sweeps quad-match
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Sep 04, 2014 | 567 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Woodland volleyball team was 5-9 heading into Tuesday.

However, that record would improve quickly as the Lady Wildcats took all three matches of their quad-match Tuesday at home, fending off Armuchee, Kell and Paulding County in two sets each.

“We had a pretty decent night,” head coach David Condon said. “For the most part, we served better and finished our attacks all night, and that was huge for us. It was definitely a great momentum builder coming into the rest of the week.”

Woodland faced off against Armuchee in the first match and dispatched of the Lady Indians by scores of 25-11 and 29-27.

“We played pretty well against [Armuchee] in the first set, but by the second set, they were playing better and we were actually behind, like, 18-8,” Condon said of the match. “Then we crawled back and we tied it up, I believe at 24, and then we took the lead and it was back and forth until we took the lead, 29-27.”

Woodland’s next opponent was Kell and the Lady Wildcats won in two close sets, 25-22 and 25-23.

“Kell is pretty evenly matched with us. It was a big deal that we played well against them because we had just played them Thursday and we lost to them in two sets, so we really wanted to play better against them and we did a pretty good job,” Condon said. “What we did better against them is we built a four- or five-point lead early in each set, and from that point on, we just kind of maintained that lead the rest of the match. They were pushing us but we responded pretty well.

“We passed pretty well when we played against [Kell] at Cherokee, but we finished our attacks tonight and that was huge, and we served a little better tonight.”

In Woodland’s final match of the day, the Lady Wildcats defeated Paulding County by scores of 25-9 and 25-12.

“We did a good job of jumping on them early in both sets and getting a good early double-digit lead,” Condon said of the match. “Paulding looked like they were pretty gassed. We brought in four teams for a quad-match, so they played back-to-back-to-back. They were a little flat because, normally, I think they play a little bit better than that.”

Woodland also got strong performances from three of its top players in the three matches.

“We had two huge nights — I mean gargantuan nights — from Jacquelyn Campbell. She served so well tonight. She’s really a libero and we have her playing setter, but she had 29 assists and 25 aces. Mary Katherine Grimes had 17 kills, 11 blocks and seven aces,” Condon said. “Sydney Boyd had seven aces, seven digs and nine kills. Those three have been three of our better players all season. Mary Katherine and Jacquelyn had enormous nights tonight, so it was exciting.”

Woodland is now 8-9 and will face off against East Paulding today before region play begins Tuesday at Creekview.