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Lady Eagles take down county rivals, 3-2

Just when it seemed Lanesville was set to put away rival South Central, the Lady Eagles had to overcome an injury to finish South Central on Aug. 26.
With a 10-7 lead in a race to 15 in the final game, Lanesville senior Shelby Fonda came down awkward on her right knee, sending her to the floor. Just two points before, Fonda spiked a winner for the Lady Eagles.
After an injury delay, the Lady Eagles moved swiftly to the finish line.
Lanesville won five of the final six points, including a kill from Fonda’s replacement Emily Fulkerson.
‘They showed grit and gut tonight,’ said Lanesville coach Summers Montgomery. ‘They could have easily folded in that fifth game. This senior group is real close and how they went about without Shelby shows their determination. It’s a senior group that knows what they want this year.’
Montgomery said Fonda is a big piece of the team, but now someone has to step up and take her spot in the rotation.
‘Emily came in in a big spot and stepped up tonight, and we’re going to have to have that,’ she said.
Lanesville defeated South Central in five games, 24-26, 25-15, 25-20, 23-25, 15-10.
South Central pulled out the first game after they held off several comeback attempts from the Lady Eagles.
The momentum of the rally carried over to the second and third games. Lanesville carried seven aces in the second and four in the third games to seize control.
South Central didn’t waver. They took the lead at 10-9 off a Paige Kingsley kill to take control in the fourth game. The lead was stretched to 18-15 with a Abby Day kill. Lanesville then had a comeback attempt of its own, winning five of seven points to gain a 22-21 advantage.
Out of a time-out, the Lady Rebels hit a spurt of their own. Whitney Pease’s ace and a Kingsley kill helped the Lady Rebels force a fifth game.
‘Momentum changers,’ said South Central coach Patty Shaffer. ‘In high school volleyball, momentum changes so quickly from one team to the other. I tried to get after my girls because with the rivalry, they all want to beat Lanesville. I tried to get them to play with controlled enthusiasm. You could tell they wanted it so bad and they were so close.’
Heading into the fifth game, Shaffer noticed a recharged team.
‘They started to play with some confidence, but Lanesville came back with good line shots when we were pulling our line,’ she said.
She said she saw much better play than the previous week.
Lanesville will now look to improve on its 2-1 record and continue to utilize its strong service game.
‘Our girls tend to focus on the mistakes,’ Montgomery said. ‘All the girls want to hit and when they do that and mess up, other parts of their game lose focus. At times, passing hurt us. We were running Erin (Dorgay) to death because the girls were more upset about their hitting.’