Lady Eagles fight back too late vs. Orleans
Finding the right groove took a few games, but Lanesville got the opening volleyball match of the season to swing its way in the third game last Tuesday.
Orleans, however, responded after dropping a third-game loss to the Lady Eagles by surviving a lengthy game four to defeat Lanesville 25-22, 25-21, 17-25, 27-25.
‘Tonight, I think we got wrapped up in running our fast offense,’ Lanesville coach Summers Montgomery said. ‘When we ran our basic offense, we had our big run. We aren’t shy of talent or ability; it’s just putting it together and believing in it.’
Games one and two went the way of Orleans due to runs of Lanesville miscues. Several net violations and errand serves cost the Lady Eagles points.
Robyn Schoen served an ace in game one to give Lanesville at 21-20 lead. That was followed by a service error and an Orleans ace. Orleans went on to win five of the last six points to take the game.
Orleans raced out to leads of four points on several occasions in game two. When Orleans took a 15-11 lead on a Lady Eagles serve error, Lanesville started a big run. Morgan Williams put in a pair of aces, along with kills from Hannah Conder and Brooklynn Keinsley that allowed Lanesville to take an 18-15 lead.
A cold spell followed when Orleans put up six consecutive points to re-take the lead for good in game two.
‘Unforced errors, including six net violations, hurt us in the first game. In the second game, we had a lot service errors,’ Montgomery said. ‘The third game, Emma Bays steps back to the service line and did a great job getting the ball in. At one point, she had 11 in a row to get us to a big lead. Orleans made a little run, but we were able to hold it.’
Bays carried the load on the serve line to help Lanesville win game three. The setter began her streak of 11 winners when the Lady Eagles trailed 10-7.
Blocks from Schoen and Conder, combined with three Bays aces, led to a swing that gave Lanesville a 22-7 lead. Orleans made a late run, but Keinsley put a cap on the third game with a kill for a 25-17 win.
In game four, Lanesville was unable to carry the momentum forward from the previous game. The Lady Eagles found themselves far behind at the start, trailing at one point, 10-3.
Trailing 19-12, Lanesville orchestrated a 9-1 run to give the Lady Eagles the lead. Keinsley threw in two aces, while Kaitlyn Davis got hot around the net, hammering home two kills.
Lanesville had the first opportunity at a game point when leading 24-23. The Lady Eagles sent a serve out of bounds, putting Orleans back in control. Lanesville fended off Orleans’ first match-point with a Keinsley kill. Yet a serve error and a hitting miscue led to Orleans’ victory.
‘I’m pleased overall, but we have to talk about that knock-out punch and showing some fight out there,’ Montgomery said.
Montgomery added that she was happy with the passing of the Lady Eagles.
‘Our passing is hugely improved, but we had a rough practice before this game,’ she said. ‘But passing has been our key focus all summer long and into the preseason. We only have three seniors, so we are mostly young. Our sophomore, Emma Zeller, one of our young players, came in and made some great plays.’
Lanesville, over the summer, averaged 20 girls at open gyms.
‘It is obvious they want success,’ Montgomery said. ‘Now, it is gelling as a team and getting it together.’