Lions bounce back to overcome rough start

Lions bounce back to overcome rough start

LOCATION: Fenton Court (Marietta, OH)

THE BASICS:

The Mount women's volleyball team travels to Marietta College where they competed in their first matches of the year. In the first day of competition the Mount struggled to find their groove and went 0-2 for the day after close loses to Hiram and West Va. Tech. The ladies switched gears the second day of play with two dominant wins over Emory & Henry and Marietta, finishing the weekend with a 2-2 record.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Friday, September 1st

In the first day of competition the Lions faced Hiram and West Va. Tech, losing both in straight sets although putting up a great fight. In the first match Cailey Plemmons (Oxford, OH / Talawanda) led the Lions offense with 10 kills on 16 attempts. Each set was a close battle, coming down to the last few points before Hiram would pull away with the win.

The next match against West Va. Tech told the same story, each set coming down to a few pivotal plays. The Lions put up a fight in sets one and two but couldn't find a way to overcome the deficit in set three. The offense was led by outside hitter Riley Brunner (Lawrenceburg, IN / Lawrenceburg) while middle hitter Briana Looney (Harrison, OH / Harrison) built a brick wall over the net, accumulating 8 block assist.

Saturday, September 2nd

Coming off a disappointing first day of competition the Lions came back the second day ready to make changes and compete at a high level. Outside hitter Hannah Losey (Tipp City, OH / Tippecanoe) was able to find the open spots on the floor earning 13 kills and an ace while defensive specialist Karlie Schell (West Harrison, IN / Franklin County) cleaned up the back row by grabbing 12 digs to lead the Lions defense. The Lions took the match in convincing matter winning the match 3-0.

In the final match of the tournament your Lions went out with a bang, easily defeating Marietta College in straight sets. The Lions were able to take each set with ease to come out of the weekend with a 2-2 record. Another great all-around performance by Brunner as she records 13 kills and 14 digs to lead the Lions to victory.

THE STANDOUTS:

Although the Lions had a rough start to their weekend they were able to start their season off strong. With two wins this weekend new head coach Abby Smith earned the first wins of her head coaching career. Outside hitters Hannah Losey and Riley Brunner had an outstanding weekend to led The Mount's offense while Karlie Schell led the Lions on defense.

UP NEXT:

Join us this Wednesday night, September 6th, at the Harrington Center gym where The Lions will take on Spalding University at 7pm.