NL’s front line dominates WL in 3-0 sweep
PUMPKIN CENTER –– Savannah Dishman had 11 kills, Lyndsi Pound added six kills and Emilee Webber had nine assists as North Lincoln’s front line came up big when needed most in it’s 3-0 sweep of West Lincoln in a non-conference volleyball match on Wednesday.
The Knights (1-1) pounded their way to an easy 25-9 win in Set 1 behind 11 total kills, but the Rebels (0-2) made them work for the next two sets.
West Lincoln had set point three times in the second, but each time North Lincoln had an answer. And in the third the host team had to rally from a seven point deficit behind its hitters to pick up a win before opening North Piedmont 3A/4A Conference play a day later.
It was the second match in as many days for both teams, and both teams lost their season opener on Tuesday. West Lincoln showed vast improvement from its 3-0 loss to Cherryville, and North Lincoln’s hitters got going after its 3-1 loss at Bunker Hill.
“They don’t need to jump romp everybody. They need to understand that sometimes you have to fight back to get a win. That was a good lesson for them tonight,” Knights coach Lynn Rhyne said. “(Our hitters) are coming along, and in our conference we’re going to have to have that, because volleyball is very, very good in this conference.”
North Lincoln had 31 kills in all, but were plagued by errors in the second and third sets. After committing only five miscues while building a 15-3 lead with a 10-0 run in the first set, the Knights had 14 errors in the second to allow West Lincoln a chance at extending the match.
They broke serve on set point three times, and took advantage at 27-26 on a Rebels error. Dishman won the set with a kill.
West Lincoln raced out to a 13-6 lead in the third set, but the Knights slowly climbed back in and eventually tied the set at 19. They scored the final nine points of the set, and won it on an ace by Lily Loeffler, who had five of them, three kills and 12 service points.
“They’ve improved a lot, and this is just their second game,” said West Lincoln coach Tammy Leatherman, whose team opened Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference play at Maiden on Thursday. “We finally got some of Pound’s (kills) up, and (Dishman), we dug some of her’s up. North’s just a really good team.”
Madison Ferguson led the Rebels with four kills, and Raeven McCrodden and Carson Warlick had five digs each. Amanda Ritch had four blocks while Dishman led North Lincoln with three.