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VOLLEYBALL — West Lincoln holds off Wolves, picks up first win

West Lincoln’s Heather Truesdale plays the ball.

West Lincoln’s Heather Truesdale plays the ball.



RYAN HERMAN
Sports Editor

VALE –– West Lincoln did all it could to give Lincolnton a chance at a comeback, but in the end the Rebels made fewer mistakes.
Amanda Ritch had six kills, Erin Huff added five kills and West Lincoln used the Wolves’ errors against them in a 3-1 win for its first win of the short season.
The Rebels scored 33 of their final 50 points on Lincolnton errors, using them to break a 1-1 tie after two sets.
West Lincoln (1-4, 1-1 Southern District 7 Athletic 2A) won Set 3 25-14 behind 16 Lincolnton errors, and led the fourth set 20-12 thanks to a 10-0 run when Lincolnton (0-4, 0-2) made its comeback.
Behind the serve of Kailee Gragg, the Wolves used an 8-0 run of their own to tie it at 20 following a kill by Kayla Quigley, her fifth of the game. A West Lincoln error gave Lincolnton the lead, and the Rebels tied it at 21 on a block by Madison Colvard to break Gragg’s serve.
A kill by Huff made it 22-21 in favor of West Lincoln, but Ashley Duncan answered with a kill to knot it at 22.
The next three points went to West Lincoln thanks in part to three Lincolnton errors.
The Rebels won the first set 25-21, with 17 of their points coming off errors. West Lincoln returned the favor in the second set, with 13 errors aiding Lincolnton’s 21-15 win.
Lincolnton, which had been shutout in its previous three games, committed 63 total errors to 48 for West Lincoln.
Quigley finished with five kills, and Sarah Greer and Duncan added five kills each for Lincolnton. Duncan also had three blocks.
Megan Gloska had four aces for West Lincoln, which travels to East Lincoln on Thursday. Lincolnton heads to Bunker Hill on Thursday.

Image courtesy of Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News

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