Another state playoff rally, this time 3-2 over No. 9 ranked Greenbrier on the road, put the Lakeside Lady Vikings into the Class AAAAA Volleyball State Playoffs semifinals for the first time in the program's history.
Lakeside (29-6) fell behind 1-0 in the match as Greenbrier (38-2) won the opening game easily 25-13. The loss seemed to jolt the Lady Vikings into attack mode.
The next two games went to Lakeside by scores of 25-19 and 25-21 to put the Lady Vikings up 2-1 in the match.
Greenbrier was not done and bounced back to knot the match at 2-2 with a 25-21 victory in the fourth game to push the match into the deciding fifth game.
The fifth game was a seesaw affair and after 21 points Greenbrier was clinging to an 11-9 advantage. The Lady Vikings won a side out and was powered to a 13-11 lead as Jenny Miller connected on three consecutive kills.
A side out by Greenbrier cut it to 13-12, but Lakeside got the point and Miller served for the win on match point to close out the match.
Miller finished with 21 kills, 11 digs and three aces in the match. Emma Wakeman added 11 kills and two blocks up front for Lakeside while Gloria McGoldrick came up with 31 assists and Amy Vansant contributed another solid performance with 14 assists and 10 digs.
The quarterfinal win has vaulted the Lady Vikings into the Class AAAAA rankings at No. 3 behind Area 4 teams Whitewater (51-3), Lakeside's next opponent, and McIntosh (47-5) at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. The other Final Four participant is also from Area 4 in No. 4 ranked Starr's Mill (25-25).
The state semifinals are being hosted by McIntosh on Wednesday (October 31) beginning with No. 2 McIntosh taking on No. 4 Starr's Mill at 5:30 p.m. Lakeside and No. 1 Whitewater meet for the second time this season in the 7:30 p.m. semifinal. Whitewater defeated Lakeside 2-0 (16-25, 15-25) back on October 4.
Lakeside joins the 2005 Chamblee squad as the only two DeKalb girls' volleyball teams to reach the state semifinals. Chamblee set a county record for wins that season with a 56-8 record.
Volleyball State Playoffs Schedule
Wednesday, October 31
Class AAAAA State Semifinals at McIntosh Lakeside (29-6) vs. Whitewater (51-3), 7:30 p.m.
Volleyball State Playoffs Results
Class AAAAA State Quarterfinals
Saturday, October 27
Lakeside (29-6) 3, Greenbrier (38-2) 2