OAKWOOD — If there are any glaring weaknesses in the play of Buford volleyball team’s right now, they aren’t jumping out at Lady Wolves coach Hadli Daniels. Already displaying good on-court communication in the early stretch of the season, led by senior libero Liz Darden, the Lady Wolves (6-2) followed up their four wins last Saturday in the Hall County Classic with wins against Johnson (25-18, 25-12) and Lakeview Academy (25-14, 25-12) on Tuesday at Johnson.
“I’m very excited with how we’ve played,” said Daniels, Buford’s first-year coach. “This is an intense group that takes it very seriously.”
Against Johnson, Buford took care of business with its patience and making the extra hit. Darden (21 digs) was all over the floor holding up her end of the bargain as defensive specialist and diving for any ball within reach. Even though the coach is new to Buford, the program has adjusted well to the floor rotations.
“Our defense has really been playing well,” Daniels said.
Also for Buford, Maggie Roper had six kills, and Lillie Wier added three aces. Against Lakeview Academy, Maggie Roper had four kills and Jessica Falletta added eight aces and four kills. The Lady Wolves visit North Hall for a tri-match with Chestatee at 5 p.m. Thursday.
In the first match for Johnson, Britt Mimbs had three kills, and Caitlin Sloan added a pair of kills.
The Lady Knights (3-5) rebounded in the night’s final match with a 25-15, 25-19 win against Lakeview Academy.
Karis Sloan led Johnson with three kills, six blocks, Kellsie Brisbois, who leads with her passing, had four aces, and Mimbs added six assists. Lady Knights coach Deb Eidson says that the growing pains of playing four sophomores come with the territory, but noticed that the team rebounded well against Lakeview.
Eidson added that outside hitter Lejavian Ratliff has performed extremely well, even without the numbers showing up on the stat sheet.
“We’re starting to gain some confidence, we’re just a young team,” Eidson said. “It’s just a matter of being in game situations.”
Johnson faces Hebron Christian in a tri-match at Collins Hill at 6 p.m. Thursday in Suwanee.
For Lakeview Academy, Jamie Nixon had two kills against Johnson, and Alaina Plummer added a pair of aces and two kills. The Lady Lions face Athens Christian in a tri-match at North Oconee on Thursday in Bogart.