The West Lincoln Lady Rebels swept the Lincolnton Lady Wolves Tuesday in Jayvee action and in varsity play. The Rebels defeated the Wolves 2-0; 25-18 and 25-20 in jayvee play.
The Lincolnton varsity team entered Tuesdayâ€™s match with an unblemished 3-0 record. The Rebels didnâ€™t seem to notice winning 3-1; 25-22, 26-24, 18-25 and and 25-22.
Head coach Butch Richardson credited West Lincoln for their solid play .
â€œWe just got outplayed. I donâ€™t want to take anything away from West. They just outplayed us in every area of the game,â€ he said.
One area Richardson was not pleased with was the Lady Wolvesâ€™ effort.
â€œOur effort was spotty. We can play a lot better. We need to get back on track and take it one match at a time. The kids need to realize itâ€™s just one loss and itâ€™s not the end of the world.â€
The Lady Wolves drop to 3-1, 0-1 in the Midwest 2A Conference.
The leading scorers in the losing cause were Kennan Eaddy with 21 points, Kendall Bradley with 18 points, Lindsey Sain with 17 points and Julie Tipton and Jessie Cline with eight points.
Rebelsâ€™ head coach Rick Rose was thrilled with his teamâ€™s win.
â€œWe had outstanding effort, much better all-around play. By far, the best game weâ€™ve played this year. The biggest key was it was a big team effort, we finally had some leadership and everybody responded,â€ he said.
Solid back-row passing was another key ingredient in the win according to Rose.
â€œWe worked hard on back-row passing. Thatâ€™s been our weakness, but I thought we did a super job of controlling the serve and setting up our front-row hitters. The defensive effort was super, they got after every ball,â€ he said.
Four players were cited by Rose for having an outstanding match.
â€œKatie (Thornburg) played an outstanding defensive game, she made some beautiful digs. Paula (Jarrett) had four blocks and April (Norman) and Teosha (Jackson) played the best offensive game. They hit the ball real well, attacked well and had good ball placement,â€ he said.
April Norman paced the Rebels with 23 points scored, Teosha Jackson had a solid match with 20 points, Beverly Hutchins scored 14 points, while Katie Thornburg and Paula Jarrett both scored 12 points. Sheana Black and Haley Boyles both contributed with 11 points and four points.
The Rebels even up their record at 3-3 and are now 1-0 in the MW 2A.
For the Jayvee girls, Charity Hamilton paced Lincolnton with eight points, Madison Lanier and Ashley Broadway both scored seven points.
In West Lincolnâ€™s victory, Jessie Watts paced the Lady Rebels with 13 points, Kenzie Elmore contributed with six points, while Lauren Keziah chipped in with five.
by John Mark Brooks