Lions fall in region opener

Emma McGehee tips the ball over the net during the Lions’ Region 4D quarterfinal game against Halifax.

 

The Louisa County High School volleyball team ended their season in the opening round of the Region 4D tournament, falling to the Halifax County Comets 3-2.

Both teams came out strong, battling point for point for most of the opening set until Halifax was able to pull ahead late and hold off a Lions’ surge to take the set 25-23. The second set opened the same way, but this time the Lions pulled ahead to take the set 25-18, tying the score.

The Lions opened set three with a quick 3-0 surge, but the Comets fought back, tying the score 8-8 before pulling ahead and going up by seven, 19-12. The Lions chipped away at that lead, pulling to 20-15 before Halifax got a pair of points to go up 22-15. The Lions kept fighting, cutting Halifax’s lead to 22-19 before the Comets went on a final 3-1 push, taking the set 25-20.

The fourth set was a back-and-forth battle from the outset, with neither team able to pull more than two points ahead before the other tied things up again. The Lions got the edge late, putting up four unanswered points to win it 25-21 and take things to a fifth tie-preaker set.

Halifax took control quickly, jumping up 6-1 before rolling to a 15-3 win to take the game.

“I told the girls before the game that I would be proud of them no matter what happened,” said Lions’ coach Rachel Green. “We had a good season. We didn’t play our best volleyball tonight, so we didn’t come out on top.”

Kylie Robinson led the Lions’ offense with 14 kills, followed by Abby Van Pelt and Emma McGehee with six each. McGehee and Alyssa Hopkins each tallied three aces. On defense, Savannah Bragg led the Lions with 24 digs in what Green said was “one of her best games” all season. Van Pelt added another 21 digs for the Lions.

Prior to the start of region play, the Lions closed out their regular season with a pair of home wins over Jefferson District rivals Charlottesville and Orange. Louisa took both games in straight sets, defeating Charlottesville 27-25, 25-9 and 25-19 on Oct. 27 and Orange 25-10, 25-11 and 25-15 on Oct. 28.

“I think we finished the season strong,” Green said. “I would have liked to kept it going, but it wasn’t in the cards.”

Against Charlottesville, Robinson notched 15 kills followed by McGehee and Madison Middlesworth with three each. Hopkins had four aces, while Middlesworth and Jordan Atwell-Purcell each had two. On defense, Middlesworth notched 10 digs and Bragg added nine.

Against Orange, Robinson had 17 kills and McGehee added 11. Robinson and McGehee also had a pair of aces, as did Hopkins. Bragg had 15 digs on defense, followed by Van Pelt with nine and Robinson with eight. 

The Lions end the season with a record of 9-10.

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