The Greenbrier volleyball team hasn’t been able to close many victories over the last few years.
In fact, the Lady Bobcats went a combined 6-32 between the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
Their fortunes were different when East Robertson came to town Wednesday afternoon. Greenbrier bounced back from a rough start to take a 3-2 win over the Lady Indians in five sets.
“Our goal this year is to finish (games),” Greenbrier coach Kayla Grogan said. “We’ll do well and go on a good run, but then we can’t finish it. I told (the team), ‘I’m looking for leaders, I’m looking for someone to step up. We need to finish this.’ And that’s what they did.”
After dropping the first set to East Robertson 27-25, Greenbrier took the second set 25-19. But the Lady Bobcats lost their focus in the third set. That allowed East Robertson to run away with a 25-13 set victory, giving the Lady Indians a 2-1 advantage.
“I think (we) just got a little complacent,” Grogan said. “Once we win a game, we can’t get arrogant. We’ve got to keep playing. That third (set) was an eye opener for them.”
From there, Greenbrier took over.
The Lady Bobcats won the fourth set 25-18 and finished the match with a 15-10 victory in the tiebreaking fifth set.
Sophomore middle hitter Laura Gibson started in place of Snowden Scott, who went down with an apparent ankle sprain against White House Heritage Tuesday night. Grogan said the extend of Scott’s injury is not yet known.
The game was Greenbrier’s annual in-school match. Nearly 500 students, teachers and other fans gathered for the matinee contest. The Greenbrier pep band also played to add to the atmosphere.
“Having that many people there gets you amped up,” Grogan said. “I wish we had that many people every time, because I feel like my girls play better when we have more people (in attendance).”
East Robertson will travel to Lead Academy Tuesday, Sept. 3. Greenbrier will host Springfield in District 11-AA action Thursday, Sept. 5 at 6 p.m.