Lady Bobcats top Andalusia in varsity volleyball
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Andalusia knocked off Opp 2-0 in junior varsity volleyball, and the Lady Bobcats’ varsity squad came away with a 3-2 win Tuesday night in Opp.
In junior varsity action, the Lady Bulldogs knocked off the Lady Bobcats in the opening match.
The second match went back-and-forth, and Hayley Ballard picked up a big ace that put Andalusia down by just one point, at 19-18.
The Lady Bulldogs continued to surge behind the serving of Mary Katherine Salter and took at late 21-10 lead over the Lady Bobcats.
Scoring went back-and-forth when Callen Woodard came up with a big block to put Andalusia up 23-22.
“Callen made a momentum changing block towards the end of the second game that really pushed us to the win,” Lady Bulldogs junior varsity coach Evan Soles said.
Opp battled back and tied the contest up 24-24, but a strong volley from the Lady Bulldogs followed by an ace from Maddie Courson gave Andalusia a 26-24 victory in game two.
“Last nigh against Straughn, we were just mentally defeated,” Soles said. “We came out with a strong head and strong will to win and got the job done.”
In the first varsity contest, the Lady Bobcats rallied from an early deficit to defeat the Lady Bulldogs 25-20.
Andalusia jumped out front and held a 5-1 lead before the Lady Bobcats responded to tie the game at 8-8.
Both teams continued to battle it out before the Lady Bobcats rallied late to take a 18-17 lead. Caroline Andrews came up with several big points for Lady Bulldogs and Merikal McCaskill added an ace.
It was during a 9-0 rally by the Lady Bobcats that they took the lead and went up 23-17.
The Lady Bobcats continued to play strong and went on to defeat the Lady Bulldogs in the first match.
In the second game, Andalusia once again started strong and raced out front to a 6-2 lead.
The Lady Bulldogs got two aces from Millicent Manring.
Opp got an ace from Amber Hadley on the Lady Bobcats’ first serve of the second game.
Andalusia never let up in the second match and got several big points from Andrews in the corner.
Neither team had any sustained rallies with Andalusia picking up a 4-point rally that put the Lady Bulldogs on top 22-14.
Both teams worked an minimizing scoring opportunities for their opponents.
The Lady Bulldogs were able to limit the Lady Bobcats to just 2 points during their longest scoring rally.
Andalusia finished strong in game two with Andrews hammering in the game winning shot.
In game three, Opp came away with a 25-16 win.
Andalusia turned it on in game four and came out with a 25-8 win, but the Lady Bobcats were determined and picked up a 15-13 win in the deciding game five.