Athens Drive varsity volleyball captures the Trojan Invitational

Athens Drive girls’ Varsity volleyball team defeats South Johnston in Championship game to win the Trojan Invitational on Aug. 24.  This allows the girls to start the season with a record of 2-0.

Athens Drive took the early lead in all four sets against South Johnson and only once  did the girls let South Johnston end with a lead.

“In the final game against South Johnston, we had a couple not so good calls from the refs that helped motivate us to win the game,” said Kendall Yount, junior.

In the first set, South Johnson rallied eight consecutive times to tie it up at 18. But Athens soon took the lead to win the first set 25-20 and managed to win the second set 25-16 when they had trailed 14-10 earlier in the game.

The girls fell short in the third set 20-25 when South Johnston scored seven of the last nine points. Athens then came back after the loss and won the fourth set 25-17 to take the Trojan invitational.

“Our team is a ton stronger. We all have a year of experience playing with each other and are starting to mesh well together as a team,” said Yount.

Athens Drive’s Rachel Kinsey was named MVP of the tournament with having five kills and two key blocks which helped her team defeat South Johnston.

Athens had previously played Garner and took the school down in the fifth set to earn their rights to take on South Johnston in the championship game.

The team hopes to beat their last year’s record of 4-16 and to continue their winning streak.