LINDALE — Behind a trio of players with double-digit kills, the Westwood volleyball team overcame a shaky start to top Troup, 3-1 (20-25, 25-9, 25-22, 25-20), in the area round of the state volleyball playoffs here Saturday.
The win moves the Lady Panthers on to the regional quarterfinals, where they will take on perennial top-10 team White Oak. That match is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in Athens.
Westwood led 10-4 early in Game 1, but Troup slowly clawed back into the game to take a 21-16 lead.
Westwood fought back and got the game to 21-20 behind kills from Courtney Stanhope and Mi’Kayla Benson. But, that’s as close as the Lady Panthers would get.
Troup ended Game 1 on a 5-0 run to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
Westwood responded in Game 2. The Lady Panthers controlled the game from the beginning, and set a tone for the rest of the match with their 20-9 win to even the match at 1-1.
The teams went back-and-forth in Game 3 before Westwood pulled away and took a commanding 23-15 lead when a Troup kill went out of bounds. But, the Lady Tigers weren’t done.
Troup scored five-straight points, the final coming on a block of a Stanhope kill to make it 23-20.
But, the ensuing Troup serve went long, and three plays later, Stanhope avoided two blockers with a push kill past them to give Westwood the 25-22 win in the game and the 2-1 advantage in the match.
Westwood tapped back into its comeback gene in Game 4, as Troup took a 17-13 lead and grabbed all the momentum, looking as if it might force a decisive Game 5.
But, Marialle Boles got a block to make it 17-14, and Heather Wooden took the serving line, where the match would completely change.
Wooden served for seven-straight points, and when Troup finally got the serve back it was too late and Westwood had a 21-17 lead.