VINCENT - Things did not start off well for the Warren High volleyball team Tuesday night in a match against Jackson, but the Lady Warriors were able to bounce back and pick up a big SEOAL win in four games.
The match was also a "Volley for the Cure" night, where donations were made to benefit cancer research.
The Ironladies took the first game by a score of 25-23. After Jackson jumped out to a 12-5 lead, the Lady Warriors took eight of the next nine points to tie it up at 13-13. The Ironladies then went on an 11-7 run to make it 24-20. Warren got as close as 24-23 before Jackson finally nailed it down 25-23.
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Warren’s Amy Fleming (22) gets ready to bump and set the ball for hitters’ Jessica Shaw (25) and Emma Ryan (30) during volleyball action against visiting Jackson Thursday night.
In the second game of the match, Jackson held a 24-17 lead and was one point from going up two games to none on Warren. Once again Warren cut the lead to 24-20, but this time was able to complete the comeback.
Senior Amy Fleming got back-to-back kills to make it 24-22. Jackson hit the ball out of bounds, and then Sarah Proctor got an ace to tie it up at 24-24. Taylor Foy then recorded a kill to put Warren up by one. After Jackson tied it back up at 25-25, senior Emma Ryan and Foy each recorded kills to win the game 27-25.
"In volleyball, momentum is one of the biggest deciding factors in a match, period," said first-year head coach Dan Anderson. "In volleyball, more so than other sports, it can control the outcome of a game. That's really what I was hoping for. We almost came back and got the first game. Then we started out slow again in the second game, but I knew when we came back like that, if we could just catch them, we'd probably have a good chance of winning because the girls would be fired up."
At Warren High School
Warren d. Jackson 23-25, 27-25, 25-14, 25-9
Warren (9-10) stats: Taylor Foy 3kills, 1dig, 2aces; Amy Fleming 12kills, 1dig; Emma Ryan 16kills, 17digs; Kenzie Brooks 4digs, 4aces, 10asst; Hailey Murdock 20digs, 2aces; Jessica Shaw 1kill, 1dig; Victoria Buzzard 3kills; Kenzie Harris 4kills; Sarah Proctor 5digs, 1ace; Natalie Knowlton 11digs, 3aces, 13asst; Nycole Lane 2digs
JV: Warren d. Jackson 25-8, 23-25, 25-18
Next match: Marietta at Warren Monday (Senior Night)
From there, Warren would take the next two games by scores of 25-14 and 25-9 to claim the victory.
"We've done a lot of drills where we're behind and we have to come back," Anderson said. "But we haven't always done it this year, so it's good to see that happen, especially against a good team."
With the third game tied at 4-4, Ryan got a kill and back-to-back aces to go up 7-4. Later in the game, Fleming and Ryan got consecutive kills to make it 14-9. Jackson made it close pushing the score to 15-13, but Warren took six of the final seven points to go up two games to one.
The final game was never close, with the Lady Warriors going up by scores of 14-3, 16-5, 22-8 and finally winning 25-9. Ryan had two aces and four kills in the game, including the final one to seal the win.
Overall, Ryan had 16 kills, 17 digs and four aces. Fleming also had a big game with 12 kills as well as a .440 hitting percentage. Natalie Knowlton contributed 13 assists and 11 digs, while Hailey Murdock led the team with 20 digs.
The junior varsity match was also won by the Lady Warriors. Warren won in three games by scores of 25-8, 23-25 and 25-18.
The Lady Warriors improved to 9-10 on the season, with their next match coming Monday at home against Marietta on Senior Night.