Volleyball splits contests with Western

Emma McGehee hits the ball during the Lions’ home contest against Western Albemarle on April 6. She ended the night with five kills and two aces.

 

The Louisa Lions’ volleyball team went 1-1 against the Western Albemarle Warriors in back-to-back games this week, picking up a hard-fought 3-1 home win on April 6 after comng up short in a tough road battle the night before.

“We didn’t play our best volleyball at Western,” said head coach Rachel Green after Tuesday’s win. “We still played well and had some dominant performances, but tonight, we really showed what we’re capable of.”

Louisa opened the first set of Tuesday’s contest with an early 9-4 lead, but the Warriors soon battled back, tying the score at 13-13. From there, Western went on a 10-5 run to extend their lead to 23-18 and though the Lions were able to chip away at the lead a little, they fell 25-20.

The second set was a tug-of-war between the two teams, neither able to get more than three points ahead before the other fought back to tie the score. Momentum eventually swung Louisa’s way with a pair of back-to-back points to take the set 29-27.

The Warriors took control of things early in the third, jumping to a 6-1 lead before the Lions found their footing. Once they did, they began chipping away at their opponent’s lead. Abby VanPelt notched an ace and a kill, and Kylie Robinson added a kill of her own get Louisa on top, 9-7. Robinson later hit a trio of aces to extend their lead to 17-9 before the Warriors began to battle back. The Lions were able to hold them off, taking the set 25-21, taking a 2-1 lead for the game. They dominated the fourth set, wining 25-13 to take the game.

“We were definitely a lot more aggressive in the front row toward the end of the game,” Robinson said. “I think that helped ups put points away a lot better [than last night], and we were talking a lot more.”

Robinson ended the night with seven aces and 15 kills on offense and tallied 13 digs on defense. Kalli Monahan led the defense with 17 digs, and Jordan Atwell-Purcell added 12.

The Lions fell 3-1 to the Warriors on April 5. Western won the first two sets 25-17 and 25-21 before Louisa got on the board with a 25-22 win in set three. Western held the Lions off to take the third set 25-23.

Robinson had 14 kills and two aces, while Emma McGehee added seven kills and three aces. Robinson led the defense with 14 digs, followed by Monahan, VanPelt and Brady Shifflett with 13 each.

Prior to their games against Western, the Lions faced a tough battle against the Monticello Mustangs on April 1, falling 3-2.

Louisa got up 2-0 with 25-19 wins in both of the opening sets, but the Mustangs battled back with  25-23 and 25-22 victories in sets three and four to tie thins up and force a tie-breaker. The Mustangs won it 15-8.

“I am very proud of the effort the girls put in,” Green said. “They played significantly better than the first time we faced Monticello.  While we found ourselves down by a lot of points in sets three and four we never gave up and pulled close in points. Unfortunately, we just ran out of time to finish it out. Kylie Robinson really stepped it up to help keep us alive, but truly the team effort throughout the night was on display.  They played together as a team and relentlessly pursued each point.”

Robinson tallied 20 kills and 29 digs throughout the game. McGehee added 11 kills and eight aces and VanPelt notched 10 kills. Monahan had 11 digs on defense, and VanPelt and Savannah Bragg each added 10.

The Lions (5-6) close out their regular season with a home game against the Fluvanna Flucos on April 8. Varsity action begins at 6:30 p.m.

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