Volleyball team picks up two OC wins

Photo by Nick Mebruer
The Lebanon volleyball team recently defeated the Central Bulldogs in two sets. Above is freshman Claire Esther bumping a volleyball during a game this season.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

The Lebanon High School volleyball team continued their hot play as of late, winning two more Ozark Conference games against the Waynesville Tigers last Friday and beating the Central Bulldogs on the road on Monday night.

Against Waynesville, Lebanon won in two sets, 25-18, 25-12. The JV team and freshman team also won in two sets for a three-team sweep.

“After coming off of a tough loss against Jefferson City the night before, I felt our team responded very well,” Lebanon head coach Jenny Collins mentioned. “We played very focused and determined the entire match. Once again, our defense did a great job digging the ball and allowing Avery Hays to deliver and connect with many of our hitters across the front row. We have put in time over the past couple of weeks, continuing to build confidence among our hitters, and it's nice to have not just one or two contributing positively to the offensive scoring aspect, but now 3, 4, and 5.

“Being able to spread out our offense has been making us a much harder team to defend and it is important that we continue to build upon the progress that we are making offensively. Over the past two games, we have been showing great team chemistry, and it's been a fun couple of nights because of it.”
In the game against Central on Monday, the Volley ‘Jackets were victorious in the varsity game 25-11, 25-11.

Leading the way was Abby Jackson with three aces. Sydny Leake added six kills while Hays contributed 13 assists. Jenna Skeens had two blocks, and Jocee Pettyjohn and Bailey each added eight digs.

“I thought our team did a nice job of staying focused throughout the match as we led the entire time and kept the lead,” Collins said after they played Central in their Jamboree. “We have been working to keep our level of play more consistent, cutting back on unforced errors, and we are definitely making progress in those areas. We want to compete every time that we step on the court and keep a sustainable level of energy throughout our sets, and it has been a whole lot easier to sustain that energy when we aren't making unforced errors.

“We will travel to Rolla on Thursday for another conference match. We should match up well against Rolla.”

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