'Jackets rally back to defeat Marshfield in three sets

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Lebanon senior Korrie Brinton (12) tips the ball over Marshfield blockers in the third set of a high school volleyball match against Marshfield on Tuesday night.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

After losing the first set and trailing 17-7 in the second set, Lebanon head volleyball coach Jenny Collins told her team one thing in the huddle during a timeout, “Focus on what we need to do."

Lebanon (2-0) would do just that, winning the set 25-22 before defeating the Lady Jays in the third set, 25-18.

Junior Skylyr Leake and senior Carsyn Bowman had a huge block that cut the Lebanon deficit to 19-14 in the second set and after that point, LHS never looked back.

Lebanon would win the next seven points, and took a 20-19 lead for their first lead of the entire set. Junior Korrie Brinton, who finished the game with 13 kills, helped lead the ‘Jackets to a second set victory with two kills late in the set.

“I felt like we had a lot of great play from a lot of players tonight, but in that second set Korrie came alive,” Collins said.

“She was unstoppable tonight and hopefully that can give us some confidence heading into the Branson Tournament.”

Collins said the teams passing was a little off in the second set and that is what got them down so early.

“I thought in the second set our passing was just off,” Collins said. “We were passing just a little high and I felt like it just kind of took the rhythm away.

“We wanted to get it back up to the speed that we like to play at and started delivering to our hitters quicker. When you are down that much in the second set after losing the first, it takes a lot to come back from that and it showed that the girls played with a lot of heart tonight.”

LHS took the third set with ease after a big set from Brinton and junior Cori Johnson.

“The third set we just had it in our minds that we were just going to get it done,” Collins said. “They (Marshfield) are a good team with solid players and we were glad to get our first road win of the season.”

In the first set, Collins said her team battled hard, but missing serves cost them the set.

“I thought we battled hard in that first set,” Collins said. “Unfortunately we missed four serves and that was really the difference of the game.”

Lebanon will travel to the Branson Invitational on Saturday, competing in a pool with four teams in their respective pool and 24 teams total (Lebanon, Hollister, Fort Zumwalt West and Northland Christian) before bracket play. LHS will take on the defending Missouri Class 1 state champions in Northland Christian at 8 a.m., before wrapping up pool play with a match of Fort Zumwalt West at 10 a.m. and Hollister at 12.15 p.m.

After pool play, bracket play will begin at 1:15 p.m. with teams being ranked 1-24. The top eight teams will go into the championship bracket, the middle eight teams will go into the silver bracket, and the bottom eight teams will go into the bronze bracket.

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