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Lady Rebs open with sweep

Overcoming a nervous start, the South Central volleyball team scored a 27-25, 25-9, 26-24 victory over visiting Clarksville Monday.
‘The girls were nervous when they came out,’ Patty Shaffer, South Central coach, said. ‘They probably felt my anxiety because I didn’t know exactly how we would match up. We are well prepared, but I just needed to see how we were on the floor.’
The Lady Rebels had to rally in the first game to score a tight win. They trailed 15-9 at one point before ripping off eight of the next nine points to tie the game, 16 all. A kill from Tori Swank capped the surge. The final run in the first game was back and forth until South Central took a 24-23 lead on a Kayla Lewis kill. Lewis landed another smash a few points later, leading to the 27-25 victory in game one.
Game two was all Lady Rebels. From the start, Megan Sanders served five consecutive winning points, backed by kills from Courtney DeWeese and Lewis. The start launched South Central ahead, 5-1. Midway through the game, the Lady Rebels reeled off 12 consecutive winning points. Megan Ferree served three aces while Katie Saylor, Kristin Miller and Lewis notched winning kills.
Up 19-5 at that point, South Central carried the momentum to easily win game two.
‘We lack size in regards to height,’ Shaffer said. ‘We lack a little bit in the front row, but Courtney DeWeese and Kayla Lewis came up with some good hits for us.’
In game three, South Central took advantage of eight Clarksville serving miscues. Clarksville led early behind three early aces from Jessica Driver. The Lady Rebels were able to grind their way to a 20-17 lead late off a Saylor ace.
Clarksville then rallied, taking advantage of two Jessica Riley aces to take a 22-20 lead, prompting a Lady Rebels time out.
Out of the break, DeWeese smashed a winner, starting a three-point South Central run. After back-and-forth winners, South Central took the match on a Lewis winner, 26-24.
‘We had some trouble with numbers,’ Shaffer said of the program. ‘We had one transfer, one not come back and Katie Dennison will miss the season with an injury, but we have five seniors to rely on.’
DeWeese, Lewis, Sanders, Saylor and Swank are the seniors for the Lady Rebels.
South Central will return to the court Tuesday to host rival Lanesville at approximately 7 p.m.
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