LOCATION: Maryville, TN
The Lions traveled to Tennessee to take part in the Maryville College Invitational this past weekend. In day one of competition the Mount was able to win their first match against William Peace. Day two was a struggle for the Lions as they went 1-1 against Averett and Greensboro.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
MSJ vs William Peace
In the Lions' first match of the weekend, they were able to walk away with the win. Starting off slowly, the Mount tailed coming out of the gates. But an early 10-point service run by Cailey Plemmons (Oxford, OH / Talawanda) allowed the Mount to find their offense to take the lead. After that they were able to easily cruise to a win in set one 25-20. The second set was a battle, both teams trying to break away to gain security. William Peace were able to string together a run halfway through the second set to take the lead. The Lions fought back but weren't able to overcome the deficit losing 25-18. The third set was another battle coming down to the last few points. Neither team was able to take a comfortable lead until two back to back kills by Hannah Losey (Tipp City, OH / Tippecanoe) opened up the game. William Peace fought to take the lead back but the Lions' defense was too much, giving them the set 25-23. The final set showed William Peace wasn't ready to give up but the Lions made sure that didn't happen. The score was knotted at 18 points apiece when Cailey Plammons went on another long service run that gave the Lions the momentum they needed. A few points later they were able to come out victorious 25-20, winning the match 3-1.
MSJ vs Averett
Starting off day two the Lions faced Averett University as they looked to continue their win streak. Using the momentum from the game before, the Lions went point for point with Averett in the second set. It was match point for Averett and the Lions were able to go on a run to get within a few points. But a kill by Averett ended the set 25-22. The rest of the match was a struggle for the Lions as they could not find their offense. Averett was able to get a quick lead and did not look back, defeating the Lions 25-20. Early in the third set the Lions battled to get another set. The score was tied but Averett quickly turned the tide to go on a 15 to 5 run to close out the match. They took the final set 25-15 and won the match 3-0.
MSJ vs Greensboro
The final match was a grind throughout the whole match. In the first set the Lions were able to pull away quickly by capitalizing on their opponents mistakes. A five point service run by Karlie Schell (West Harrison, IN / Franklin County) led the Lions to take set one 25-15. Greensboro wasn't ready to give up yet, fighting to take the next set. The score was tied for the whole set until Greensboro went on a service run late in the game. After a timeout from The Mount two big blocks by Greensboro gave them the set 25-20. The third set was led by the Lions for most of the set, but Greensboro put together a run to make the game close. Tied at 20 neither team could find consecutive points. It was not until 24-24 the Lions found the floor with a kill from Briana Looney (Harrison, OH / Harrison) to give them the lead. An error by Greensboro gave the Lions the third set 26-24. The fourth set was another close one, coming down to extra points. Greensboro controlled the tempo for most of the set but the Lions were one set away from a win. The Mount fought back to make a comeback but were not able to get the final points of the set, losing 28-26. Both teams now only needed one more set to win and the Lions were not going down easy. They quickly dominated the final set and did not look back, winning 15-10, to take the match 3-2.
Hannah Losey led the offense with 36 kills throughout the weekend. Riley Brunner (Lawrenceburg, IN / Lawrenceburg) was able to contribute on both sides of the court with 31 kills and 39 digs. Libero Karlie Schell had a great weekend digging the ball 56 times to lead the Lions defense.
The Lions continue their road trip with a match at Cincinnati Christian this Wednesday 9/20.