Second time's the charm

Olivia Grubbs and Kylie Robinson

Less than a week after battling the Caroline Cavaliers through five sets at home, the Louisa Lions’ volleyball team got a second chance, traveling to Caroline High School on Sept. 4. This time, the Lions emerged victorious, defeating the Cavaliers 3-1 to score their first win of the season.

The Lions opened the game with a strong offensive showing, winning the first set 25-11. Caroline found their footing in set two, holding the Lions at bay to win 25-23. 

Set three proved to be another close one, but this time the Lions prevailed with a pair of late points to win 27-25, taking a 2-1 advantage. They then carried the momentum into the fourth, scoring a 25-17 victory and claiming the win.

“After being defeated at home by Caroline, the girls went out and focused on finishing sets to win the game,” Lions’ head coach Rachel Green said. “They once again served tough and had some unreturnable hits. The cohesion of this young team continues to grow.”

Olivia Grubbs led the Lions in serving, tallying six of the team’s 20 aces. Kylie Robinson added four, and Brady Shifflett and Emma McGehee each had three.

Robinson led the offense with 15 kills and had 20 digs on defense. McGehee added nine kills and 11 digs. Shifflett had 13 digs and Grubbs had 10. Jordan Atwell-Purcell tallied 28 assists to help fuel the offense.

The day before their victory over Caroline, the Lions traveled to Patrick Henry High School in Ashland. The Lions battled through the opening set, coming up short 25-23. The Patriots’ offense turned up the pressure from there, taking the next two sets 25-17 and 25-13 to make a clean sweep of the match. 

McGehee led the team in aces with four and kills with five. Robinson and Maddox Pleasants each added four kills on offense. Shifflett and Grubbs led the defense with eight digs apiece, followed by McGehee and Robinson with six each.

The Lions traveled to Charlottesville on Sept. 10 to face the Black Knights in their Jefferson District opener. Results of the game were unavailable at press time. They host Orange County on Sept. 12 for their first district home game. Varsity action begins at 6:30 p.m.