Lady Jackets keep rolling ahead of key contest
Lee County's volleyball squad had no problem sweeping Douglas Byrd, remaining in first place in the Cape Fear Valley Conference with four conference matches to play, winning 25-10, 25-11, 25-11 Tuesday evening.
The Lady Yellow Jackets (10-3, 7-1) were able to cruise versus Douglas Byrd thanks to their serving power. Chandler Patterson's nine aces, eight coming in a long service run which put the second set away, led the Jackets piling up 25 aces as a team.
Each day in practice and how the Jackets are playing as a team, said head coach Cindy Kelly, are making the real difference giving the Jackets the shot at winning the CFVC and doing well in the conference and state tournaments.
"They know we have the chance to win a championship, to put a banner up on the wall, and they're working at it every day in practice. We know we can't let up," Kelly said.
"We talk about it every practice, before every game, what it means to be at the top of the conference and what we have to do to stay there," she said. "We talk about it constantly and we talk about not settling."
Tuesday's match was a chance for all the Lady Jackets to see playing time. It's quite unlikely that will be the case again Thursday when Lee County visits Union Pines. The Lady Vikings entered Tuesday's CFVC slate a half-game behind Lee County. The Lady Jackets topped Union Pines in five sets earlier this month in Sanford.
The most pressure the Jackets faced against the Lady Eagles was falling behind 7-3 in the opening set.
Lee County answered to take a 10-8 lead. A 9-0 run on Katy Langston's serve made it 20-9 Lady Jackets. Chandler Patterson had three kills in the set, while Meggan Rose and Ally Davis had two each.
Patterson's long serving run took Lee County to an 18-5 lead in the second set. Setter Karey Beth Howard, subbing in for starting setter Clay Fowler, had six assists in the set.
From a 4-4 score in the third set, Davis served up four aces in a 7-0 run, setting up the Jackets for another easy set.
Rose and Patterson led the Lady Jackets with five kills each. Fowler finished with nine assists. Langston, Davis and Leah Poe added four aces each. Rose and Davis had two blocks each.
Lee County's got a four-game winning streak and has won nine of its last 10.
"We've got players who work very well together. We have great leadership and good chemistry. They all get along and they've played together for awhile now, so that's huge," Kelly said.