There’s no reason for Buford volleyball coach Hadli Daniels to complain about the direction of her program. Fresh off the school’s first victory against Greater Atlanta Christian last Saturday, the Lady Wolves (28-5, 4-1 Area 6-A/AA) swept a tri-match with West Hall and Chestatee on Thursday in Gainesville.
Even with minor tinkering to Buford’s lineup with Kirsten Nappi plugged in on the right side and Kat Tatum filling in at middle hitter, the Lady Wolves held on to defeat Chestatee 25-19, 25-19 and West Hall 25-22, 28-26. The Lady Wolves win against West Hall (14-12, 1-4 Area 8-AAA) was the third this season and all have been by a razor-thin margin.
“We started playing better as the night went along,” Daniels said. “Our mistakes were just mental with our passing and setting.
“Give West Hall credit, they have a very good team.”
Against the Lady Spartans, Liz Darden had 12 digs, Jenna Falletta added 12 assists and Maggie Roper provided nine kills for the Lady Wolves. Trailing 26-25 in Game 2, Buford went on to score the final three points in a back-and-forth game to secure the match victory.
“It was very close,” West Hall coach Joe Nelson said. “I thought we were going to be able to pull one out.”
For West Hall, Laykin Herford had 10 assists and four aces, and Stephanie Rowland added five kills and a pair of blocked shots.
Nicolette Ashley led West Hall with seven digs against Buford.
Then against Chestatee, Darden (16 digs), Roper (12 kills) and Falletta (10 assists) led Buford.
Daniels says that the volume of matches her team has played has helped Buford start to peak at the right time. The Lady Wolves play host to Wesleyan, Grayson and Duluth next Thursday in the Gwinnett County Championships.
West Hall rebounded in the final match with a 25-19, 25-21 win against Chestatee. Herford (17 assists), Gracie Allison (four kills) and Stephanie Rowland (five kills) were the team leaders. The Lady Spartans play host to Monroe Area and Lanier at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Oakwood.
For Chestatee (6-18), Melissa Bailey had seven kills and four aces, Jennifer Hill added 15 assists and Lindsay Neece provided three blocked shots on the night. Kellen Richards finished with six kills and four aces for the Lady War Eagles.
Chestatee plays host to North Hall and Eastside at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
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