DUNWOODY, Ga. — The Dunwoody Wildcats got off to a slow start before sweeping Warner Robins out of the Class AAAAA state playoffs 3-0 at Dunwoody on Thursday.
Warner Robins got out to a quick start taking a 6-1 lead early in the first set before junior Megan Rothberg and sophomore Caroline Madden had big hits to lead the Lady Wildcats into a 9-9 tie.
Serve into the net by Warner Robins gave Dunwoody a 10-9 lead and the Lady Wildcats would never trail again in the match. A pair of kills by junior Paige McKnight and then with the help of her teammates Lisa Gardner had eight consecutive serves Dunwoody scored on to break the game open at 20-10.
Dunwoody had set point at 24-14 when Warner Robins put together a rally to pull within 24-19, but the next Warner Robins serve was out of bounds giving the set to Dunwoody at 25-19.
The Lady Wildcats rolled out to a 7-1 lead in the second set and Warner Robins got within 10-7 before Paige McKnight put two consecutive kills away to start another 6-0 run to expand the lead to 16-7 on the way to a 25-12 second set victory.
After the break, Warner Robins came out leading by as much as 14-10. A tap over the net by Rothberg got Dunwoody back on track rallying to a 17-16 lead they would never give up.
Gardner had a service winner on match point to end the game at 25-17 and send Dunwoody on to the second round of the state playoffs. Dunwoody improved to 27-23 on the season and Warner Robins finishes 20-13.
Dunwoody plays host to Hiram (18-5), a 3-0 winner over Ware County, on Wednesday, October 22. The game time is yet to be announced.
Lakeside (16-14) knocked off Evans 3-0 on the Lady Vikings’ home floor to earn a trip to the second round. Lakeside, a Final Four participant in 2012, won 25-18, 25-17 and 25-13 to seal up a third consecutive trip to the second round.
The Lady Vikings earn a trip to Area 3 No. 1 seed Glynn Academy (32-13) in Brunswick on Wednesday. Glynn defeated Northview 3-2 to advance to the second round.
In other Class AAAAA action, Stephenson fell 3-0 to Greenbrier while Tucker (27-17) dropped a tough 3-2 decision to Houston County.
Druid Hills (22-14) fell to No. 1 ranked Walton (39-5) by a 3-0 score in Class AAAAAA first round action.
The Chamblee Lady Bulldogs moved one step closer to providing Coach Lorri Reynolds her 100th career victory with a Class AAAA first round state volleyball playoff victory over Mary Persons at Chamblee on Wednesday night.
Reynolds now has a 99-103 record in five seasons at the helm of the Lady Bulldogs, including two consecutive winning seasons in 2012 and 2013.
Chamblee rallied to win three consecutive sets after falling behind with a first set 19-25 loss. Behind a combined 28 kills and 11 service aces from Jessica Farrell and Kyla Manning, 4 solo blocks from Moriah Mason and 21 assists from Aliyah Bowens, the Lady Bulldogs ralled with wins of 25-19, 25-17 and 25-16 to advance.
The 3-1 victory against Mary Persons advances the Lady Bulldogs (24-14) into the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs on the road against Area 3 No. 1 seed Columbus (39-14), a 3-0 winner over Gilmer in the opening round. Second round play is scheduled for October 22 and a time will be announced at a later date.
In other Class AAAA state playoff action, the Redan Lady Raiders’ (25-10) season came to an end with a 3-0 loss on the road at Veterans (39-2).
Towers (11-12) dropped its Class AAA first round contest 3-0 on the road at Islands (23-7).
Volleyball State Playoff Results
Wednesday, Oct. 16
Islands (23-7) 3, Towers (11-12) 0
Veterans (39-2) 3, Redan (25-10) 0
Chamblee (24-14) 3, Mary Persons 0
Thursday, Oct. 17
Walton (39-5) 3, Druid Hills (22-14) 0
Greenbrier (27-14) 3, Stephenson 0
Houston County (10-24) 3, Tucker (27-17) 2 Lakeside (16-14) 3, Evans 0 Dunwoody (27-23) 3, Warner Robins (20-13) 0
Volleyball State Playoff Schedule
Wednesday, Oct. 22
Chamblee (24-14) at Columbus (39-14), TBA
Lakeside (16-14) at Glynn Academy (32-13), TBA Hiram (18-5) at Dunwoody (27-23), TBA