Lebanon volleyball team defeats Branson in season opener at Boswell Auditorium

LDR photo/Alex Boyer
Pictured above are members of the LHS volleyball team celebrating after winning a high school volleyball match Monday night against Branson.


The Lebanon volleyball team captured its season opener on Monday, defeating Branson, 25-16, 25-20.

Lebanon (1-0) was led by junior Katie Esther with nine kills, junior Taylor Bowling with 18 assists and 10 digs, and junior Cori Johnson had two aces for LHS.

The ‘Jackets struggled out of the gate in the first set, trailing 5-2 early on, but after a kill from senior Korrie Brinton gave Lebanon a 10-9 lead, LHS refused to look back.

In the second set, the Pirates hung tough with the ‘Jackets and had the score knotted at 17 apiece, but another kill from Brinton gave LHS the momentum they needed before Esther ended the match with a kill to give Lebanon their first victory of the season.

Lebanon head volleyball coach Jenny Collins was impressed with her teams performance after a sluggish jamboree last week.

“I thought our girls did a nice job in serve receive tonight,” Collins said. “We gave our hitters a lot of different opportunities and our hitters did a good job of putting the ball in the court and scoring points.”

Although the ‘Jackets got the win, Collins said there is still things they can improve on heading into their next match.

“We didn’t do a great job of reading their off-speed hits,” Collins said. “We didn’t do a good job of picking those up and adjusting to that, so that is something we will try to work on here in the next couple of days before the weekend tournament.”

Bowling, who is filling the shoes of Haddi Luthy at the setter position, did a nice job of setting her teammates up on Monday night, according to Collins.

“(Taylor) did a nice job,” Collins said. “We made that move to give us a little more ball control on the front row that we weren’t experiencing before.

“She made some nice plays from the front row.”

On Monday, the Lebanon freshman volleyball team defeated Branson in two sets, 25-18, 26-14 and the junior varsity team fell to the Lady Pirates in two sets, 21-25, 21-25.

The ‘Jackets were slated to play Marshfield on Tuesday in a non-conference matchup at Marshfield High School and will travel to Branson on Saturday for the Branson Tournament.

We have once again set our goals high and have several of the same goals as last season,” Collins said. 


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