The Lakeside Vikings joined Chamblee in the Sweet 16 with a 3-1 victory over the Glynn Academy Terrors at Lakeside on Wednesday in the first around of the Class 6A volleyball state playoffs.
Down 2-0 in the match the Terrors (16-9) battled back from down as much as four points to claim a hard-fought, 30-28 win in the third set to force a fourth.
Lakeside (34-4-1) jumped on the Terrors 7-1 to open the fourth set as Julia Chilton got a put away on an assist from Bella Perez and a two-touch call on Glynn had the Vikings rolling.
A nice set by Perez for Anna Withee gave her a sharp angle down the net line for a kill as she added to her career kill numbers that are over 1,000 now to make it 8-3. A block by Chilton and Nora Whitehurst increased the lead to 11-4 as the Vikings continued to build on the lead going up by as much as eight along the way.
Hadley Helenbrook hit a service winner and Perez set up Withee for another kill as the Vikings up 21-12. Whitehurst got a nice set from Carly Fiorenza to give the Vikings a match point in the 25-14 fourth set win.
Glynn jumped out 17-10 in the opening set when the Vikings behind three kills by Helenbrook pulled even at 19-19. Withee set up Helenbrook for a kill to make it 21-20 in favor of the Vikings and then Helenbrook won three points while serving to extend the lead to 24-20. Glynn closed it to 24-22, but Lakeside closed out a 25-22 win to go up 1-0.
The Terrors got out in front early in the second set going up 5-1 as they blocked a kill attempt by the Vikings. Lakeside began to chip away and took the lead for good at 13-12 on a Withee point.
Another Withee kill on a set from Fiorenza made it 18-13. Glynn clawed back to within 22-20 until Fiorenza hit a shot off a blocker to give Lakeside a 23-20 cushion heading down the stretch.
The Perez to Withee combo finished off the set with another assist and kill at 25-22.
Lakeside will host Kennesaw Mountain (25-17) on Saturday with a time to be announced. Kennesaw Mountain, the Region 6 No. 2 seed defeated Habersham Central 3-0 to advance.
In Class 4A state tournament play, all three DeKalb teams had their seasons come to an end on Wednesday night. Arabia Mountain fell 0-3 to Chestatee at home. Druid Hills also fell 0-3 in their match at Flowery Branch and Stephenson dropped an 0-3 decision at Jefferson.
DCSD VOLLEYBALL STATE PLAYOFFS RESULTS
Wednesday, October 20
Lakeside (34-4-1) 3, Glynn Academy (16-9) 1
Chestatee (28-10) 3, Arabia Mountain (20-9-1) 0
Flowery Branch (23-14) 3, Druid Hills 0
Jefferson (21-11) 3, Stephenson 0
DCSD VOLLEYBALL STATE PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
Saturday, October 23
Kennesaw Mountain (25-17) at Lakeside (34-4-1), TBA
Chamblee (24-15) at Woodward Academy (31-9), TBA
Source: DCSD Athletics