Following an unexpected two-week hiatus due to COVID-19 protocols, the Louisa Lions’ volleyball team was back in The Den on Oct. 7, hosting the Monticello Mustangs. The Lions fought hard, but came up short, falling 3-0.
Both teams came out strong, never pulling more than two points ahead for most of the first set, until the Mustangs went on a six-point run to go up 19-13. Kylie Robinson notched a kill and an ace to pull the Lions to 19-15, but the Mustangs put up six unanswered points to take the set 25-15.
The Mustangs carried that momentum into the second set, quickly pulling ahead 13-5. The Lions began battling back from there, slowly chipping away at Monticello’s lead until another kill-ace combo from Robinson tied the score at 16-16. Monticello pulled ahead 19-16, but the Lions clawed their way back to tie the score again before another run from the Mustangs closed it out, 25-19.
The third set opened with Louisa taking a quick 4-0 lead and later extending it to 10-5. Monticello battled back, tying the score at 13-13 and eventually pulling away, taking the set 25-17 to win the game.
“We had two tough losses before we took our break, and we came back and the girls are back to their normal, hard-working, driven selves,” said Coach Rachel Green. “We did a lot of good things tonight I haven’t seen in a long time.”
Robinson and Savannah Bragg led the Lions’ defense with 12 and 11 digs respectively, working like “a well-oiled machine” according to Green.
“They were digging up balls they haven’t dug up for a long time,” she said. “They were confident with that, they encouraged each other and I was super pleased to see that.”
In the front row, Robinson slammed down eight kills and Emma McGehee added 10. Robinson also notched a pair of aces as did Regan Freas.
Green said she was happy with what she saw from the team, especially for their first game back.
“After taking a couple of weeks off, you’re never sure where your hitters and your defense is going to be, and I was pleased to see that this is where we’re getting started,” she said.
The Lions traveled to Orange County High School on Oct. 12, bringing home a 3-0 win, bringing their season record to 4-4.
Robinson tallied 19 kills, eight aces and 23 digs for the Lions. McGehee and Abby Van Pelt each added five kills and Maddox Pleasants had four. Bragg had 15 digs, Van Pelt notched 11 and Jordan Atwell-Purcell had 10. Pleasants had four blocks, while Van Pelt and Robinson each added three.
The Lions traveled to Albemarle on Oct. 13 to take on the Patriots in a road contest. Results were unavailable at press time. They return to The Den on Oct. 14 for their Senior Night game against the Western Albemarle Warriors. Action begins at 6:30 p.m.