Olivia Walker and Rietta Salters both jumped for a ball at the net Monday.
The Whale Branch Early College High School volleyball teammates laughed at the result. The much taller Walker delivered the kill during the third set of the Warriors' first-round Class 1-A playoff match with Baptist Hill.
There were plenty of light moments as the Warriors swept the Bobcats in three sets, 25-23, 25-9, 25-16.
"We were being goofy," Walker said. "Because that's how we are."
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Walker and her teammates promised a more serious demeanor when they travel Wednesday to play Johnsonville in the second round.
The Flashes knocked Whale Branch from the playoffs a year ago. And though only two Warriors are back from that team, Whale Branch knows the quality of the opponent.
"We know what they're about," the senior Salters said. "Baptist Hill, we really didn't."
Whale Branch, the No. 2 seed from Region 5-A, improved to 14-7. Baptist Hill, which finished 6-4 during the regular season after only playing a Region 6-A schedule, traveled as a No. 3 seed.
The Warriors eliminated the Bobcats in three sets for a second consecutive year.
Baptist Hill originally thought it was playing Denmark-Olar in the first round and did not know until Sunday it would travel to Whale Branch, Baptist Hill coach Cex Champgne said.
"In volleyball, it's a sport of you've just got to bring your best," Champagne said. "It's not really a strategy you can come up with, just bring your best and compete."
Champagne's team hung around for one set, but the taller Warriors enjoyed an easy match after that. Junior Shaniqua Johnson finished with 11 kills to lead the Warriors, and Walker added eight.
Salters and Kemoni Jenkins added five kills each.
And in the service game, Walker and Shay Jiles combined for 29 aces.
Walker served for 12 of the Warriors' final 13 points to close the second set.
Whale Branch coach Audrey Rhode only needed two timeouts, both during that tight first set.
"We started out slow, which was scary," Rhode said. "After they got the rhythm and started enjoying it -- didn't want to lose in the first round -- everything came together."
Rhode said her team has more athletes than volleyball players, which she likes. She pointed out the number who will be starting for the Warriors basketball team.
And so the fallout from the loss of 10 seniors from the 2012 squad has been minimal.
Rhode thinks the Warriors might have gotten overconfident before Monday's match by researching Baptist Hill's past scores. The Warriors expect a grind Wednesday.
"I'm ready for a competition," Johnson said. I want to hit the floors and bruise myself."