The Lady Hoyas ended up on the short end of a five-set marathon Saturday losing 16-25, 25-15, 25-23, 10-25, 15-9 at South Forsyth in the Class AAAAAA state quarterfinals.
South Forsyth will play at Walton on Wednesday in the semifinals.
Harrison ended its campaign with a 49-11 record after making two trips to the state championship and falling to Walton both years.
Alanna McInnis proved she could be the Lady Hoyas’ setter of the future, finishing with 49 assists. Senior Taylor Haskins, a Texas Tech commitment, ended her career with 22 kills and 13 digs. Caroline Ostman finished with 12 kills and 17 digs, and Kodi Smith led with 23 digs.
Harrison played its best volleyball in the fourth set, when its backs were against the wall, having just lost a close third set. All facets of the game clicked, and the Lady Hoyas managed three lengthy service runs to win decisively and send the match to the decisive fifth set.
But the momentum Harrison sustained in the fourth didn’t carry over into the fifth.
A lengthy rally on the first point, where Harrison was on the offensive, ended with a solo block by South Forsyth’s Taylor Svehla, which set the tone of the set. A pair of Harrison hitting errors followed, Amanda Nugent had a South Forsyth kill to end the fourth point and another Harrison error put South Forsyth ahead 5-0.
Harrison was unable to bounce back, and South Forsyth’s fifth-set lead continued to grow. An ace by Kailey White extended the Lady War Eagles’ lead to 11-3.
Johns Creek 3, North Cobb 1: Georgia Tech-bound Annika Olsen made things difficult for the Lady Warriors, who fell 23-25,
25-22, 25-21, 25-20 in the Class AAAAAA state quarterfinals.
Johns Creek (44-9) will go on the road Wednesday to face Area 5AAAAAA archrival Chattahoochee, which defeated Roswell in four sets to advance.
According to North Cobb coach James Auld, the Lady Warriors struggled to put balls away with Olsen in the back row. The senior outside hitter was also effective up front and on the service line.
North Cobb (40-16) started strong and jumped to an early first-set lead before holding on.
Once Johns Creek evened the match at a set apiece, the Lady Warriors trailed early in both third and fourth sets by as many as seven to eight points and had to play catch-up.
North Cobb was also tough on the back row, with Auburn-bound Tate Pember’s team-high 27 digs. Abby Miller added 19 digs and Karla Radillo had 18.
Savanna Gonzales led North Cobb with 11 kills and Caitlin Woodruff and Miller had 10 each. Woodruff also finished with 3½ blocks and Miller added two.
Taylor Parrish dished out 35 assists.