Front line propels East past Chase
It was another contested volleyball game between East and Chase Monday night as each side grabbed momentum in the match only to give it back to the opposition.
In the end, it was the Lady Cavalier’s strong serves and solid front line play that led them past the Lady Trojans 3-1 (25-11,22-25,25-19, 25-22).
“It wasn’t pretty, but we got a win tonight,” said East coach Julie Goforth. ”The team lost focus in that second set, but we got it back and got a big win over a county rival.”
“We play so well in spurts but we just lack consistency,” said Chase coach Patti Burgess. "If we could stay consistent, I think we could be a pretty good volleyball team.”
East (2-6 SMAC) bolted to a 4-0 lead in set one behind three Cragan Hardin kills and an Emily Dotson ace.
The lead expanded to 10-1 on a Jordan Gray ace and Chase was forced to take a timeout. Savannah Davis and Gray put down two more kills before Chase made a mini 4-0 run capped by a Sierra Carpenter tip shot. But Hardin was the story of the set, sending home two violent spikes to claim the 25-11 win.
After Chase (1-8, 1-7 SMAC) claimed a 3-0 lead in game two on an Ashley Brown ace, East came back to tie the contest at 4-4. Kills by Devyn Gowan and Carpenter gave the Lady Trojans a two-point lead which they still held an 11-9 lead later in the set. Leanna Briscoe gave the Lady Cavs a two-point lead with a pair of soft serves that found the floor. East than began to exploit the inexperience of Chase’s backline as Tamara Blanton garnered shot that nicked the inline for a 20-16 East lead.
Gowan would not let Chase go quietly. She combined with teammate Dakota Reid to block Hardin at the net as Chase took a 24-22 lead. Gowan then delivered a set winning ace to tie the match at 1-1, 25-22.
The third set was a back and forth affair. Chase bolted to an 11-4 lead before East tied the set at 13-13. The home team then ran off five straight points before Chase went on a 4-0 run to pull within 18-17. East responded with a 7-2 run to take a 25-19 set win.
Set four was tight early as the squads split the first eight points. Davis then gave East a led when she spiked a set attempt that had gone over the net. Chase then went on a long run thanks to Carpenter and Brittney Lipscomb’s play at the net. They registered several off block points and gave the Lady Trojans a five-point lead. Once they rotated, however The Lady Cavs reasserted themselves. Blanton and Hardin led the charge as East gained a three point edge at 23-20.
A Dotson ace put the Lady Cavaliers on the verge of victory before a pair of Carpenter kills made the tally 24-22. East finished the match with one final ace to secure the 3-1.
East returns to action as they host Kings Mountain Wednesday. Chase travels to Burns the same night.