Last week, for the first time in thirteen seasons, Clinton’s volleyball team defeated Lakewood. Wednesday afternoon, the two teams got together at Clinton High School for a rematch, and they did not disappoint the fans that came out to watch.
Once again, the two teams played a five set match to decide the outcome, with the Lady Horses once again taking the day, with a 3-2 win over the Lady Leopards.
Lakewood won the first set by rallying from deficits twice to best the Lady Horses, and looked set to avenge last week’s loss. The Lady Horses had other ideas, taking the second set, 25-14, after taking an early lead and never allowing Lakewood to gain the momentum needed for a comeback.
In keeping with the back and forth fashion of the first set, Lakewood won the third set, rallying after trailing early to take a 2-1 edge in the match by a score of 25-23.
The fourth set proved to be just as exciting, with Clinton going up early by a score of 6-0, before Lakewood rallied to take the lead. With Lakewood holding serve and a 24-22 lead the Lady Horses put on a gritty performance, winning five of the last six points of the set to take the 27-25 win and send the match to a fifth and deciding set.
In the fifth set, the Lady Horses took an early lead and never looked back, leading by as many as 6 points before closing out the Lady Leopards 15-13 to take the 3-2 win.
Lakewood head coach Sheila Davidson said after the match, “We have to learn to get started sooner, we are not going to be a team that can play from behind this year. In the fourth set we were up four or five points and let them back in it. We have to learn to finish teams off when we get them down, we are going to have to gut it out this year, we are just not the type of team that will clobber and demolish people.”
Davidson continued by complimenting Clinton’s performance. “Kudos to coach Edgerton. She is doing a great job with her team. She has them playing a tremendous defense and they are utilizing their talent in the roles they need them in. They finished and we didn’t and they are to be congratulated, this is the first time since I have been coaching at Lakewood that we have lost to Clinton’s varsity, that is thirteen seasons.”
Clinton’s head coach Jennifer Edgerton expressed her pride in her team’s performance saying, “This is a big win, we knew they would be coming after us after last week. We have a great group of girls, they hit it when it is most important, and they don’t give up. This was a great team win, everyone contributed and we pulled out a really nice win.”
The win keeps Clinton undefeated at 3-0, with their next match scheduled for Thursday when they host Hobbton. With the loss to Clinton, Lakwood drops to 1-4 on the season, and travels to Midway for a non-conference match on Thursday.
The Lady Dark Horses were led by Senior Jamie Jones with 8 kills, 6 service points, 3 spikes, 2 blocks and an ace. Francesca Juaregui added 9 service points, 5 Spikes, 5 kills and 3 tips. Corey Spell had 17 service points, 2 blocks and 2 spikes, Sophia Owen added 10 service points with one ace and Madison Mitchell contributed 10 service points and 3 kills.
Lakewood was led by Anna Heinz with 62 digs, 6 kills and 2 service aces, Aleah Parker added 11 spikes and 5 blocks. NyAsia James had 9 spikes and 5 blocks, Brianna Wheeler posted 10 digs and 2 service aces.
Lakewood’s JV team took a 2 sets to 1 win over the Lady Horses JV squad.