‘Jackets fall to Jays in three sets on Wednesday night

LDR photo/Alex Boyer
Lebanon senior Carsyn Bowman (11) prepares to serve during a high school volleyball match on Wednesday night. 


The Lebanon volleyball team dropped a three-set match on Wednesday, falling to Jefferson City, 11-25, 25-18, 20-25.

In the first set, Lebanon struggled early against a high-powered ‘Jays team that features lots of talent.

LHS trailed by as many as 13 in the first set but were able to gain a little bit of momentum heading into the second set by winning five straight points late.

“You hate to blame it on anything, but it’s homecoming week, and my five seniors were rushing back from the parade,” Lebanon head coach Jenny Collins said. “It is important they got to take part in that, but it probably wasn’t the night to have a scheduled game.

“It doesn’t matter though because we need to be prepared to play no matter what day it is.”

After a foot injury sidelined her for two games, Lebanon senior Jazzlyn Wells returned to the court for the ‘Jackets in the second set, and the momentum swung in favor of LHS.

“I think moving her back in the second set kind of settled everyone,” Collins said. “She is dealing with a severe bruise right now, but is doing everything she can to make sure she can play this weekend.”

The ‘Jackets got off to a quick 7-1 start in the second set, but the ‘Jays didn’t go away easy, tying the score at 15 apiece. With the ‘Jackets leading 16-15, both teams had quite a rally going on before Lebanon senior Presley Groce was able to dig a ball that looked like was easily going to hit the floor and the ‘Jackets would go on to win the point. After that point, Lebanon would win eight out of the next 11 points.

“It was nice to turnaround the second game and go from one extreme to a different extreme,” Collins said. “We were kind of out of sync in the first set, but I thought we turned it around nicely in the second set.”

In the all-or-nothing third set, with the score tied at two-all, Jefferson City hit a ball that appeared to be out, but after a long conference between the officials and line judges, the ruling on the court was overturned, and the point was awarded to the ‘Jays.

“We missed way too many serves, and at the varsity level you can never win if you miss serves like that,” Collins said. “What is good about that is that it is definitely fixable and we will have to improve on that because I think that was the deal breaker in the third set.”

Collins said that the official told her that the line judge stated that the ball was inside the antenna and landed inbounds.
The ‘Jackets could have given up after a call didn’t go their way, but LHS battled hard and got as close as 17-19 late in the set.

“I think a call like that can be kind of a momentum killer,” Collins said. “We should have earned that point, but at the same time, we talk about calls that might not go our way that we have to play better.

“I thought the girls handled it well and fought hard the third set.”

Collins mentioned coming in that they knew Jeff City was a big team but was proud of the way her girls competed.

“We know that they (Jefferson City) are always going to have a big front row,” Collins said. “We always expect this time of play from them.”

The ‘Jackets were led by senior Carsyn Bowman with three aces, junior Katie Esther finished with 10 kills and Cori Johnson added nine. Taylor Bowling led LHS in assists with 28 and 15 digs, and Wells finished the game with 13 digs.

Lebanon was slated to travel to Rolla on Thursday and will host the annual Pinkfest Tournament on Saturday at Lebanon High School. The Lebanon varsity team will begin play at 8 a.m on Saturday against Camdenton in Boswell Auditorium.

The JV team will begin play at 8 a.m. in Carr Gym against Strafford.

“We have some tough teams that are coming in this weekend,” Collins said. “We have a lot of top Class 2 schools in our tournament. It is a small tournament team-wise, but as far as talent wise goes it is a strong tournament, and we are looking forward to it.”

Collins said every year the volleyball program partners with the LHS All-Sport Booster Club for Pinkfest.  This year the Pinkfest proceeds will go to Mercy’s Brighten the Journey fund. This fund was developed by LHS Alumni Alee Becker and current LHS student Claudia Becker. According to Collins, it is a patient assistance fund and the money raised will help many in the Lebanon community.

Pinkfest Tournament (Varsity)
on Saturday at Lebanon High School

Black Pool (Boswell Auditorium)

1. Lebanon
2. Camdenton
3. Hermann
4. Columbia-Hickman

Gold Pool (Donnelly Gym)

1. Glendale
2. Strafford
3. Fatima
4. Jefferson City

Schedule (same for both gyms)
8 a.m. 1 vs. 2
8:45 a.m. 3 vs. 4
9:30 a.m. 4 vs. 2
10:15 a.m. 1 vs. 3
11:00 a.m. 4 vs. 1
11:45 a.m. 2 vs. 3

Bracket play begins at 12:30 p.m.

Pinkfest Tournament (Junior Varsity)
on Saturday at Lebanon High School

Black Pool (Carr Gym)
1. Lebanon
2. Strafford
3. Columbia-Hickman
4. New Covenant

Gold Pool (Carr Gym)
1. Camdenton
2. Glendale
3. Central
4. Fatima

Schedule (same for both courts)

8 a.m. – 1 vs. 2
8:45 a.m. – 3 vs. 4
9:30 a.m. – 4 vs. 2
10:15 a.m. – 1 vs. 3
11:00 a.m. – 4 vs. 1
11:45 a.m. – 2 vs. 3


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