The South Effingham volleyball team went 1-1 in its season-opening matches at Savannah Country Day on Aug. 7.
Things got off to a rocky start when the host team swept the Lady Mustangs. South Effingham rebounded by taking a three-set match against Savannah Arts Academy.
Early in the decisive set against Savannah Arts Academy, the Mustangs looked out of sorts before getting several successive kills to take a 9-4 advantage. They never trailed again.
“I am proud because that’s our first win of the season,” South Effingham head coach Chancey Garrett said. “I told them in the huddle any team can start strong. It takes a really good team to finish strong and that is what they did.
“I am so happy they were able to pull it together. They deserve it. They work so hard. I think coming off that loss we recognized where our holes were on defense and we came up with a stronger offense and that was key.”
Savannah Country Day was too tough to tame.
“They have a really strong offense, a really quick defense,” Garrett said. “They have a lot of good passers and they are good at executing plays.
“To be honest, Savannah Arts was the same but Savannah Arts was really scrappy and I think that is why we had to work so hard. Even though we have an amazing offense, we want to work on our defense.”
The team fed off her Michaela Zorbo’s energetic court coverage to close out Savannah Arts.
“My setters Anna (Freeman) and Katie Cartrette (were great), and libero Michaela Zorbo – she was all over the place tonight picking up everything,” Garrett said. “She did a great job. She saved us and was a huge part of our defense.”