, 2014

Essex edges Lady Devils in 5-game match

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

The varsity Lady Devils  dropped to 3-6 overall last week and lost their conference volleyball opener in a five-game match to Essex.

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Brook Reed puts over an ace for Lancaster’s varsity team. Photo by Donna McGrath

The Lady Trojans rebounded from being down two games to one last Thursday to win the final two and take the best of five series, 3-2, in a volleyball match at LHS.

Lancaster won the first game, 25-19, with Lauren James and Carli Hanback leading the front line play with three kills each. Le’Aira Kelley got up for two blocks, Lori Smith had eight assists and Brook Reed put over two aces.

In Lancaster’s 25-18 win in the third game, James had two kills and Smith, Hanback and Brittany Jones laid down one each. Jones also served for three aces and Smith had five assists.

For the match, James had seven kills and Kelley 11 blocks. Hanback had five kills, Jones four and Kelley three.

Reed put over four aces and Smith had 19 assists.

Lancaster also picked up a pair of non-conference wins two weeks ago  over Christchurch and Middlesex and a lost to Mathews.

Lancaster beat Christchurch, 3-2, on Saturday, September  21, and got by the Lady Chargers, 3-2, on September 17. Mathews swept Lancaster, 3-0, on September 19.

Against the Lady Chargers, Lancaster broke a tie match with a 16-14 win in the fifth game of the best of five series. Reed served for four points and Hanback three in the final game. Hanback also had two kills and Smith three assists in the fifth game.

For the match, James led Lancaster at the net with seven kills, Jones had four and Kelley three.

Smith put over nine aces in the five games, Reed had four and Jones put over three. Smith also led the setters with 15 assists and Reed led the back row players with 13 digs.

In the loss to Mathews, Jones and Hanback led the offense with three kills each and James and Kelley had two each.

Smith had 11 assists and Reed four digs.

In the JV match last week, Lancaster swept Essex, 2-0, with the Lady Devils beating the Trojans, 25-11 and 25-10.

In the first game, Tyler Martin had the hot hand behind the service line, putting over 12 aces.

Skylar Dixon, Kalen Benza, Nancy McClain and Lexi Hendricks had two aces each in the second game. Benza and Martin also got above the net for a block each in the second game and Martin led on offense with two kills. Dixon and Hendricks had one kill each.

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