High School Volleyball

EC defeats Roswell, Brookwood; sweep Class A champs

by Doug Gorman


East Coweta teammates Sydney Winters (12) and Haylea Mannebach defend the front line while Lady Indians libero Riley Padgett looks on during Thursday's quad-match at home against Brookwood, Roswell and Eagle's Landing Christian.

Roswell didn't go quietly, however, tying the match at 22-22.

East Coweta added the last three points, putting the match away on a kill by Ingram.

Against Brookwood, the Lady Indians led from start to finish in the first set, but had to hold off a couple of rally attempts in order to secure the win.

Brookwood tied game one 6-6, but that was a close as the Lady Broncos got.

Kills by Bartholomew and Ingram helped put some distance between the two teams. Brookwood made one last run in the first set, cutting the Lady Indians' lead downto 23-21.

Brookwood took a 3-0 lead early in the final game, but the momentum didn't last long as Padgett, East Coweta's libero, served the Lady Indians to seven consecutive points, three of which on aces.

Mannebach and Winters helped push the lead further to 15-8 lead.

East Coweta led 24-15 lead before Brookwood cut the margin to 25-21.

The match ended when the Lady Broncos served the ball into the net.

The Lady Indians built leads against Eagle's Landing Christian of 6-1 in the first game and 15-5 in the second while cruising to victory.

'We can build on some of the things we didn't do well, and take just that from these matches,' she said.

East Coweta volleyball coach Amber McClure will take a performance like Thursday's quad-match at home any day of the week.

The Lady Indians swept Class AAAAAA non-region foes Brookwood (25-21, 25-21) and Roswell (25-18, 18-25 and 25-22) and then rolled past defending Class A champs Eagle's Landing Christian (25-18, 25-11) in a dominating effort at John Thrower Gym.

East Coweta, which improved its record to 10-3, was coming off a runner-up performance at the Sequoyah Classic.

The sweep on Thursday came with a balanced effort from the Lady Indians.

Peyton Smith finished with 53 assists, Jessie Bartholomew added 32 kills, and Dominique Ingram had a team-high 11 blocks over the three matches.

The Lady Indians also played solid defense led by Sydney Winters' 18 digs and followed up by 14 from both Haylea Mannebach and Riley Padgett. 

'I originally scheduled Roswell and Brookwood,' McClure said. 'Eagle's Landing asked for some night in August. I thought this could be the best scheduling or the most stupid. I knew all three matches were going to be exciting, but I am glad they worked out like they did.'

Roswell made the Lady Indians work hard to pull the win.

After East Coweta took the first set , Roswell spotted the Lady Indians a 2-0, and 5-4 leads early in the second game before taking control of the match.

'To lose that second set more than it felt like, and I told the team going into set three, it still felt like we carried the momentum,' McClure said.

Roswell went ahead 6-5 midway through the second set and never trailed again to knot the match up at one game apiece.

The Lady Hornets then moved ahead 3-0 to open the third game, but an crucial ace from Padgett later helped East Coweta pull on top. She later came up with a big defensive play that keep the Lady Indians ahead 21-17.

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