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Saks takes 2 in Georgia

CARROLLTON, Ga. — The only thing that went wrong for the Saks volleyball team on opening night was its bus broke down on the trip home.

The Wildcats crossed state lines to open their season Thursday night and left town – or tried to – with straight set victories over Central-Carrollton and Douglas County. They beat Central 25-11, 25-11 and Douglas County 25-17, 25-17.

On the way out of town they stopped to eat but when they got ready to come home, the lights on their bus failed to work and they had to wait for another to retrieve them.

“We don’t mind,” Saks coach Randy Law said. “It could’ve been worse. We could’ve lost and it could have been hot.”

Law was looking for someone different to play and was able to put these matches together with the Georgia teams that already had a head start on the season through his outside relationship with the programs. They will return the trip to Saks next week.

The senior-laden Wildcats started slowly, but soon settled into their rhythm. Jordan Briskey led the victory over Central with 11 kills and seven aces. Tayler Teague had three kills and six aces, Baylee Snyder had four kills and an ace and setter Jaelyn Wilson had four kills, four aces and 21 assists.

Douglas County entered the match 8-1, but the Wildcats sidestepped it with Briskey scoring 10 kills and an ace, Teague getting four kills and two aces, and Wilson recording 20 assists. LaMonica Neal had three kills and Maiya Northard had two.

“I think everybody was kind of nervous at the beginning but we settled down,” Wilson said. “From last year to this year you could tell we’re a lot more consistent.”

The thing that wasn’t consistent was the bus.

“I’ve got a test tomorrow,” Wilson said. “It’s about bonding, though, so it’s not too bad.”
— Al Muskewitz

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