Lanesville sweeps rival South Central
Lanesville put together three consistent games to top county-rival South Central, 25-18, 25-15, 25-16, in volleyball last Wednesday in Lanesville.
‘They are finally clicking and understanding who they are,’ Lanesville coach Summers Montgomery said. ‘We as coaches have told them they are pretty good, and I think they are realizing it. They still have to push themselves in practice and in games. It is hard work, but it’s well worth it when you win.’
As a team, the Lady Eagles had 31 kills, led by six each from Ashley Schoen and Rachel Riley.
It was the serving prowess of Lanesville’s Jenna Walter that gave the Lady Eagles an early edge in game one. Her three consecutive aces, lumped with a Schoen kill, gave Lanesville an early 10-5 edge.
A five-point run, capped by a Morgan Williams kill, extended Lanesville’s lead to 15-8. However, South Central didn’t back down, rallying late in the game. A kill and block from Kelsey Miller highlighted a swing of points that drew the Lady Rebels to within two points at 16-14.
South Central was unable to get closer, as Lanesville closed the opening game out with two Schoen aces.
Serving was key again for the Lady Eagles to a fast start in game two. Kayla Smith served four aces, leading to a 6-0 spurt. South Central fought back to trail 9-7 when Katie Saylor had two kills. In response, Lanesville used kills from Kaitlyn Davis and Williams to put distance on the scoreboard and to take game two.
‘We hit well tonight and girls made good decisions on where to put the ball,’ Montgomery said. ‘Serving got much better as the night went on after five missed serves in the first game. When we decide to pass, we can be a pretty strong team.’
Game three was a tale of two parts. At one point, Lanesville won 11 consecutive points, including three Walter aces and two Erin Cox kills. The 17-5 lead that was built quickly shrunk.
Samantha Turner kick-started a huge Lady Rebel run with a kill and an ace. Later, backed by two Megan Ferree aces, South Central won 12 of the next 13 points. The run pulled South Central to within three, 19-16.
Out of a time-out, Lanesville’s Cox ended the run with a kill. Davis continued with two winners, helping the Lady Eagles close the match on a six-point run for the match.
‘We had good moments today,’ Montgomery said. ‘The good thing is, when we did have some bad moments, we were able to come out of time-outs and get it together. That is a part of our game earlier in the season that we struggled with.’
Smith and Walter finished with four aces each.
For South Central, Turner had five aces and two kills. Saylor led the team in kills with three.
Both teams will return to the court tomorrow (Thursday) for 7 p.m. starts. New Washington visits South Central, and Lanesville hosts Borden.