Lady Rebs go five, drop opener
Monday’s opening game to the volleyball season featured the typical jitters and errors associated with the first contest. South Central Junior-Senior High School’s opening match didn’t finish the way the Lady Rebels wanted, taking Clarksville to five games, but eventually losing 25-22, 15-25, 22-25, 25-16, 15-12.
‘They came in real nervous, but they settled in after that first game,’ said South Central coach Patty Shaffer. ‘Some of the nerves and anxiety came back in the fourth and fifth game. The girls started to play not to lose.’
Clarksville led from the start in the opening game, but South Central wasted no time turning the tables on its foes. Up 15-11 in the second game, the Lady Rebels reeled off eight consecutive points leading to a dominating win.
The roll continued in game three, when South Central won 10 of 12 points to take a 16-9 lead. They hung on despite Clarksville’s attempts to make a comeback.
During the first three games, South Central served 16 aces, but in the final two games, they were limited to only one.
‘Serving errors late hurt us,’ Shaffer said. ‘I commended them on their serving, then it fell apart.’
Clarksville dominated the fourth game then jumped out quickly in the fifth. Kelsey Becker served three consecutive Clarksville aces at one point to give the Generals a 7-3 advantage.
South Central rallied at one point to creep within two at 11-9, but Clarksville rallied to put the host away.
‘It’s hard to take this loss because there are tough ones ahead, and we’re probably going to look back and say this should have been a win,’ Shaffer said.
Abby Day led South Central in kills with 12. Paige Kingsley added eight and Katie Dennison six. Kingsley also had five services aces, while Carolyn Zipp had four.
Shaffer said her team doesn’t have much size or experience, but the group is coming together.
‘I tell everyone that asks that this is a good group of girls that want to win,’ she said. ‘If we play with our fundamentals, we should be good.’
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