Lebanon volleyball competes in Pinkfest

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The Lebanon High School varsity volleyball team finished second place in the 2017 Pinkfest tournament on Saturday held at Lebnaon High School. Pictured above are members of the team, from left, are Katie Esther, Presley Groce, Skylyr Leake, Korrie Brinton, Jazzlyn Wells, Taylor Bowling, Cori Johnson, Carsyn Bowman, Jodie Fox and Baylie Riggs.


In a championship match that couldn’t get much more intense, the Lebanon varsity volleyball team fell to Hermann in three sets during the championship match of the Pinkfest tournament on Saturday at Lebanon High School, 18-25, 25-21, 23-25.

Lebanon head volleyball coach Jenny Collins said she was proud of the way her team performed.

“I was proud,” Collins said. “For this team to get there is something they haven’t done yet being in the championship match. It is a new experience, but I felt like they competed hard.

“We had a few moments that we had several consecutive errors, but we played very solid defense at times, and we never gave up.”

LHS fought hard but were unable to do anything in the first set after falling behind 10-15 early in the set. In the second set, the ‘Jackets had everything rolling and led by as many as four points in the set victory. In the final set, Lebanon found themselves down 15-22 but was able to rally back within one point at 22-23 before falling just short.

Lebanon junior Katie Esther led the ‘Jackets with four aces while Korrie Brinton added two in the championship match. Cori Johnson finished the game with 12 kills and Esther finished with 11. Junior Taylor Bowling had 25 assists while Jazzlyn Wells finished the game with 38 digs and senior Carsyn Bowman had nine digs.

The ‘Jackets posted a 17-25, 25-23, 25-10 victory over Ozark Conference rival Glendale in the first round of bracket play after placing second in its pool.

Lebanon split with rival Camdenton and Columbia-Hickman, but fell short to Hermann in pool play.

Collins said pool play didn’t go as planned for the ‘Jackets and hope it is something that improves in the future.

“Pool play was rough,” Collins said. “We got second place, but never actually won a match. Hopefully, it is something we can work on in the future.”

After it’s opening round win against Glendale in three sets during bracket play, LHS defeated the Jefferson City Jays, 24-26, 25-20, 25-18. Lebanon fell short of the ‘Jays on Wednesday night in Boswell Auditorium but was able to avenge themselves with a victory on Saturday.

“We beat those teams the hard way,” Collins said. “We had three long matches, but our team hung in there and got it done.”

Both Bowling and Esther were selected to the All-Tournament team.

“I thought both of them had a great day today,” Collins said. “For them to have a great day, our team has to have a great day.

“It is tough to be selected because other coaches have to be able to see those kids play, so it kind of accolades to our entire team that we had two kids selected.”

The Lebanon junior varsity team captured first place in their respective pool on Saturday. Collins mentioned that she was proud of the way they performed.

“I know they had to compete hard to win their tournament,” Collins said. “It ended well for both JV and varsity, so it was kind of an end to a really long week for our program.”

Lebanon will host Glendale on Tuesday for their Pinkfest game and will travel to Camdenton on Thursday.


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