Thursday, Aug. 29, marked the first official athletic contest in the new gymnasium behind Louisa County Middle School. After spending the past two seasons playing at off campus locations due to the damage caused by the 2011 earthquake, the game signaled a return to normalcy for Louisa athletics. The Lions volleyball team took up the challenge of breaking in the new building.
It must have felt good to be home. The Lions demolished the Caroline Cavaliers in straight sets (25-8, 25-17, 25-23) to raise their overall record to 2-0.
The Lions jumped out to quick lead in the first set, scoring the first seven points of the game thanks to the strong serves of Heather Treynor. Late in the game, with the Lions leading 15-7, a thundering spike off the hands of MiKayla Gibson sparked a five-point scoring run for the Louisa Lions, who were never threatened by the Cavaliers in the first set.
The second set followed a similar path as the one preceding it. Louisa jumped out to a 10-1 lead, with Treynor yet again offering up serves to rapid for Cavalier returners to control.
While the outcome of the first two sets were apparent after just a few points, a healthy dosage of drama was added to the mix in the decisive third set. An ace by star setter Desiree Navarre gave the Lions a 17-12 lead, and the team was within one point of winning before letting the Cavaliers rattle off six straight points to make the score 24-23, Lions leading.
After a lengthy rally, Navarre scored the match’s elusive final point with a cunning dump shot over the net that landed in the heart of an unsuspecting defense.