Lady Jack­ets de­feat Jor­dan in dom­i­nant fash­ion, head­ing to semis

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - By JEREMY STE­WART RN-T Sports Editor

ROCK­MART — There was no come­back needed for the Rock­mart vol­ley­ball team. This time the Lady Jack­ets proved they were where they be­longed.

Three days after win­ning the fi­nal two games of a five-game set over Har­lem to open the state play­offs, Rock­mart en­tered the Class AA quar­ter­fi­nals Satur­day af­ter­noon with the No. 3 seed and swept Jor­dan in three games.

The Lady Jack­ets now ad­vance to the state semi­fi­nals for the first time in pro­gram his­tory.

“That means ev­ery­thing to us,” Rock­mart coach Stephanie Wolfe said. “The girls were high-en­ergy, their mo­men­tum was awe­some and they played well. It’s ev­ery­thing we could have wanted for this sea­son.”

The Lady Jack­ets (22-11-3) stayed close with Jor­dan early on and went on to dom­i­nate be­fore the match was over as Rock­mart won 25-18, 25-10, 25-10.

Bethanie Forsyth had seven aces and pro­vided a sense of sta­bil­ity for Rock­mart each time she stepped in to serve. The se­nior served in an 8-0 run that ended the sec­ond set, and then kicked off the third that be­gan with a 13-0 Lady Jacket lead.

“That was huge for us,” Wolfe said. “Be­ing a se­nior, she’s got to lay ev­ery­thing on the floor, and she did that. She stepped up big time. Serv­ing, set­ting, hit­ting — she did it all to­day.”

Court­ney Wooten proved dom­i­nate at the net, record­ing three aces to go with at least eight kills, in­clud­ing on match point to clinch the vic­tory.

Maken­zie Kent pro­vided plenty of sup­port, and Khadeeja Brown was solid as well.

Jor­dan (20-8) made their best ef­fort in the open­ing game as they bat­tled back from be­ing down 10-6 to go on a 7-1 run and take a 13-11 lead.

But Forsyth ro­tated to server on Rock­mart’s next turn and Wooten made her first big con­tri­bu­tion to the match to pull the Lady Jack­ets back out in front, 19-15.

A 6-0 run with Alexis Clan­ton serv­ing closed out the game and Rock­mart only im­proved from there.

“It’s been a learn­ing process for us this sea­son, but they fi­nally have clicked,” Wolfe said. “Their re­siliency is amaz­ing. We have preached and preached and preached all year that if a team scores one or two points on you, you’re fine. Just stay on track. That’s what they’ve done, and I’m very proud of them.”

They’ll have a fa­mil­iar foe fac­ing them on the other side of the net in the Fi­nal Four on Wed­nes­day as Coosa de­feated Rabun County on Satur­day to move on in the Class AA state play­offs as well.

The Lady Ea­gles won the Area 3-AA cham­pi­onship this sea­son and are the No. 2 seed in the play­offs, while Rock­mart fin­ished third at the area tour­na­ment ear­lier this month.

Rock­mart’s Court­ney Wooten sets up to re­turn the ball dur­ing the Lady Jack­ets’ Class AA quar­ter­fi­nal match against Jor­dan.

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