TJCA powers past Pine Lake Prep

Sep. 11, 2013 @ 05:28 AM
The Thomas Jefferson volleyball team picked up its second straight home victory behind strong play from their front line, downing Pine Lake Prep 3-1 Monday. (22-25, 25-12, 27-27, 25-19)
“Aside from that first game, I think we played really well,” said TJCA head coach Jamie Carver. “We had a few hiccups but our front line did a good job of finding open spots on the floor with tip shots.”
Game 1 was tight early as the squads split the first 12 points. Lauren Wiltsek ran off three straight aces as TJCA (3-5, 2-4 SPC) took a 9-6 lead.
The Lady Pride responded with a 9-2 run as they gained a 15-11 advantage. The Gryphons fought back and by the time an Autumn Edwards tip shot found the floor, the set was tied 16-16.  The teams went back and forth until the visitors grabbed a 23-20 lead.
A TJCA timeout failed to stem the tide as the Gryphons fell 25-22.
The second set mirrored the first as the teams looked evenly matched early. However, with the set tied at 4-4, Alyssa Edwards delivered a powerful kill from the middle sparked her team.
TJCA responded with 10-2 run to grab control of the game. Meredith Dinga finished off a pair of long vollies with tip shots as TJCA cruised to a 25-12 win.
Pine Lake jumped to a 4-0 lead in the third set, but a string of four straight Callie Gillis aces tied the game at 7-7.
Allie Bishop’s tip gave the Gryphons a 10-9 lead. She followed with two aces that put TJ in front 12-9.
The Pride roared back to take a 20-17 lead, but Alyssa Edwards brought her team back thanks to her strong play in the middle. By the time she blocked a kill attempt, TJCA had tied the set 22-22.
The teams then went to extra points before Gillis delivered a shot that rolled along the top of the net and fell to the floor for the 27-25 win.
The fourth set was a game of runs. Gillis got the Lady Gryphons off to a 6-1 start with her serves, but Pine Lake responded and cut the deficit to 12-10.
TJCA kept that two-point advantage when Autumn Edwards spiked a set that had gone just over the net. But it was her twin sister Alyssa recorded two blocks and sparked a run that put TJCA on the verge of victory. A Pride service error delivered the set and match win 25-19.
TJCA returns to the court Thursday as they travel to face Community School of Davidson.