Lebanon defeats Glendale on Pinkfest night

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Lebanon head volleyball coach Jenny Collins talks to her team in a huddle during a high school volleyball match on Tuesday at Lebanon High School. Lebanon defeated Glendale in two sets.

By: 
ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

Just a couple days after defeating the Glendale Falcons in their Pinkfest tournament on Saturday, the Lebanon High School volleyball team was victorious over the Falcons again, winning in two sets, 25-21, 25-12.

“Glendale is a young team with no seniors, but athletic and have potential to be very dangerous,” Lebanon head coach Jenny Collins said. “(Tuesday) our girls were on top of their game all the way around.”

In the first set on Tuesday, Lebanon jumped out to a quick 11-5 lead after a string of solid serving from junior Katie Esther, who led the way with three aces and 12 kills for the ‘Jackets.

During the second set, Lebanon (16-9-3, 5-1) never trailed as they were able to pick up fifth Ozark Conference win of the season.

“I am super proud of my entire team,” Collins said. “All of our hitters found ways to hit around the block and be successful in scoring points.

“We played some excellent defense as a team as digs were spread between all of our back row players and we didn't let many Glendale attacks hit the floor. I liked the work I saw out of my girls tonight and the attitude and heart that accompanied it.”

The ‘Jackets were led by sophomore Avery Hays with 23 assists, Carsyn Bowman and Johnson finished the game with one block each, and Bowman, Esther, Korrie Brinton and Jazzlyn Wells had eight digs each.

Before the game started, Lebanon lost their junior setter Taylor Bowling to a foot injury, and Hays stepped up and rose to the occasion of playing at the varsity level, according to Collins.

“As the setter, she (Taylor) is like the quarterback of the volleyball team and when you lose that out of your rotations it definitely throws a kink in plans,” Collins said. “Avery stepped up in a tough situation and delivered.  As a coach, you hope that a young kid when the opportunity arises is confident in their ability and just does their job to their fullest potential. 

“That is also an accolade to Coach Simniok and her JV team as they have been working on running a quicker offense and Avery has been doing that for the past month with her teammates and was able to get the job done. I really liked seeing my girls embrace her, communicate with her and show that they were confident in her as that was a big last minute change.”

Due to numbers on the Falcons’ roster, the freshman and junior varsity teams were only able to play two sets, with both levels splitting sets.

Lebanon will travel to Camdenton Thursday with freshmen beginning at 4:30 p.m. with junior varsity and varsity to follow.

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