Lebanon volleyball defeats Central in three sets

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

SPRINGFIELD — The Lebanon volleyball team defeated the Central Bulldogs in a hard-fought three set match on Monday in Springfield, 27-29, 25-17, 25-14.

The ‘Jackets got off to a slow start in the first set, but were able to fight through adversity and still make it a competitive first set before eventually dropping it.

“Central puts up a big block and we got blocked a couple of times and our serve receive was putting up balls behind the 10ft line taking us out-of-system,” Lebanon head coach Jenny Collins said. “We battled back and then spent the rest of the match trading points before falling short, 27-29.”

Collins said in the second and third set, Lebanon was able to score strings of points behind the serving of juniors Katie Esther and Cori Johnson.

“There were still moments when we gave up three points consecutively, but overall we controlled the ball and the hitters worked around Central's block and found ways to score,” Collins said. “I thought Skylyr Leake had an exceptional night at the net scoring 11 of 18 attempts.”

The ‘Jackets were without senior libero and captain Jazzlyn Wells on Monday. Wells is currently dealing with a foot injury, but is expected to be back in the starting lineup this week for Lebanon. Collins said Wells’ replacement, senior Presley Groce, made solid defensive plays all night long.

“I really want to commend her (Groce) on her performance,” Collins said. “With Jazzlyn out, she had big shoes to fill defensively as our libero and she did a tremendous job.  She consistently made solid defensive plays.”

Lebanon was led by Johnson with three aces, Esther finished the night with 11 kills, junior Taylor Bowling had 37 assists, Leake and Johnson each had three blocks, and Groce led the ‘Jackets with 13 digs on the night.

The freshmen and junior varsity volleyball teams also won their matches with the freshmen winning 25-17, 25-19 and the junior varsity winning 25-12, 25-8.

“It was a nice night for the program when all three teams play well in “The Pit" at Central and come away with three wins,” Collins said. “It's a loud, enclosed court and can be a little intimidating if its not the atmosphere you are used to playing in.”

Lebanon is slated to host Jefferson City on Wednesday at home starting at 5 p.m.

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