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Lanesville volleyball gets back on track

After stumbling through the meat of its schedule, Lanesville’s volleyball team nailed down a pair of victories over Southern Athletic Conference foe New Washington and most recently against Crawford County.
In its current run, Lanesville’s won seven of its past eight.
On Monday against the host Lady Pack, Lanesville (11-11) cruised through the first two sets before escaping the third, 25-15, 25-12, 25-23.
Solid stats were abound on the Lady Eagles’ side.
Senior Tabatha Wernert had three aces in 10 attempts, Maegan VanHoose had a pair of aces and Amanda Johnson, Katie Bleecker and Erin Harbeson all had solo aces for Lanesville.
In service reception, VanHoose (2) and Rachel Rivers (5) were both perfect, while Amanda Johnson (11-12), Beth Dorgay (8-9), Jessica Schmelz (5-7), Brittany Gayheart (5-7), Johnson (2-3) and Allison Wolfe (2-3) all put up solid efforts.
Offensively, Wolfe was spotless in sets with 20.
Gayheart carded six kills in 10 attempts to lead the team, followed by four kills by Rivers.
Wernert and Amanda Johnson had three kills while Schmelz, VanHoose and Johnson all had two floor-denters apiece.
Beth Glomb had one kill for the Lady Eagles.
Defensively, the two-girl wall of VanHoose (16) and Amanda Johnson (17) stood strong. Schmelz had eight blocks, Glomb had five and Gayheart, Dorgay and Brittany Johnson all had four stuffs apiece.
In the key conference matchup against New Washington last week, the Lady Eagles started slow in each of the three games, then methodically put the visitors away.
‘We’ve been playing well lately,’ Lanesville coach D.J. Zipp said. ‘New Washington is always a tough match for us, but we were able to extend our lead when we needed to and we sided out when necessary. We played hard and it was a good win for us.’
The Lady Eagles, who moved to 2-0 in S.A.C. play, had solid play all around.
Wolfe had three aces, while Schmelz, VanHoose, Gayheart and Brittany Johnson had solo service aces.
Four players ‘ Rivers, Schmelz, VanHoose and Brittany Johnson ‘ were all perfect on the night in service reception.
VanHoose also recorded three solo blocks to go along with a team-high five kills. Schmelz, Gayheart and Brittany Johnson all had four kills apiece.
Schmelz and VanHoose led the club in digs with 10 and 18, respectively.
‘We’ve been having great focus in almost every match we play,’ Zipp said. ‘This is a mental game as much as anything and as long as we can continue to maintain our focus, we’ll be alright.
‘Right now, everyone is out to get us, so we have to take one match at a time.’
The Lady Eagles host Crothersville on Saturday in an 11 a.m. matchup, then they’ll bring in Restoration Christian on Monday at 6 p.m. in the team’s final home match of the season.

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