Lions defeat Knights in four sets at home

Lions Sofia Ratcliff (15) and Abby Van Pelt (1) attempt to block a hit from a Spotsylvania player during the Lions’ home game on Sept. 7. Van Pelt led the Lions in blocks with three.

 

The Louisa Lions volleyball team picked up a home win on Sept. 7, battling the Spotsylvania Knights in a 3-1 match.

Both teams came out swinging in the first set, neither able to get more than one point ahead of the other until a late 7-4 run gave the Lions the win, 25-21. Louisa pulled ahead early in the second set and held off a push by the Knights to win 25-18, giving them a 2-0 lead.

Spotslyvania wasn’t going down without a fight and took quick command of set three, jumping out to an 11-2 lead over the Lions. Louisa fought back, managing to claw their way to within three points but were unable to get any closer. Spostlyvania took the set 25-22 to get on the board.

“We knew what fighters [Spostylvania] are,” said Head Coach Rachel Green. “They’re going to battle to the end. That was evident in that thrid set, that they hadn’t given up yet.”

The Knights took a quick 3-0 lead in the fourth set, but Louisa got things back under control from there, going up 14-8 and then surging with an 11-5 run to take the set 25-13, winning the match.

“It felt really good, being out there,” Senior Kylie Robinson said. “It’s more of a mental game than a physical game with Spotsy. We know our skills will get us there, we just have to push through.”

Robinson led the Lions with 22 kills and 40 digs. Savannah Bragg added 39 digs, and Emma McGehee had 10 kills and 16 digs. Abby Van Pelt led the team in blocks with three, followed by McGehee, Madison Middlesworth and Maddox Pleasants with  two apiece.

The win improves the Lions to 3-0 for the season, and Green is looking forward to seeing what they can do with the rest of their season.

“I’m so proud of these girls,” she said. “They’ve worked hard and haven’t taken a break. I’m really hopeful for what’s to come.”

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