Jackets win in five over Union Pines
Best three out of five. Lee County's volleyball squad was excellent for three of five sets against new conference foe Union Pines Tuesday night and that's all the Lady Jackets needed to do.
With the Lady Jackets claiming the last big momentum swing, Lee County pulled away with a 10-2 surge in the tiebreaker set for a victory, going to 3-0 in the CFVC. The Lady Jackets (5-2, 3-0) won 25-12, 19-25, 25-9, 17-25, 15-7.
Whichever side had the momentum looked dominant. Lee County opened the match with a 6-1 run. After falling behind in the match, the Lady Vikings (5-2, 1-1), who had a four-match winning streak - winning 12 of the 14 sets in the stretch - coming into the evening, rebounded by controlling most of the second set.
Lee County led 10-3 in set three and continued a blow out from there, only for Union Pines to go off on an 11-0 run in the middle of the fourth set.
In the decisive set, Chandler Patterson served the Lady Jackets out to a 4-0 lead.
Union Pines answered with three straight points. The Lady Vikings thought they had pulled back to 4-4 but a carry call on middle hitter Stephanie Johnson, instead of what looked like a Viking point, gave the point and service to the Lady Jackets.
Clay Fowler served the Jackets on a 7-0 run, with two aces and big hitting by Emily Stanley and Ally Davis for key points.
When the Jackets had their passing and rhythm going, Fowler to Stanley was their best combo. Fowler totaled 28 assists with Stanley scoring 16 kills. Stanley had four kills in the opening set, five in the third set and four in the fifth set.
The Lady Vikings got their hitting going in the second set. From a 6-6 score, Union Pines took control with a 10-4 run. Lee County cut the UP lead to 16-14 before Johnson got a side out with a kill. A block by Alex Prots made it 18-14 Union Pines.
A big run on Stanley's service early in the third set gave Lee County the lead for good in the set.
Set four was close, with the Lady Vikings leading 11-10, until Harris served an 11-0 run. There wasn't an ace in the rally, as the Lady Vikings won some points at the net and the Lady Jackets gave away more than a fair share of errors. Tiffany Hicks took up the main setting duties for the Lady Vikings and it worked as she had four assists and two blocks in the set.
Harris led the Lady Vikings with 15 assists. Johnson and Prots had seven kills each.
Fowler set up five of her 28 assists in the fifth set. Patterson had seven aces and six assists. Fowler also had seven aces. Davis added five kills.
The Lady Vikings host Providence Grove at 5:30 p.m. this evening, then host Southern Lee in a CFVC match Thursday evening.
The Lady Jackets travel to play Pinecrest at 6 p.m. this evening.