Jackets spike Southern Lee in four
Lee County and Southern Lee made their first volleyball contest as conference rivals a tense battle to the finish on Cavalier Court Tuesday evening. The Lady Cavaliers (5-2, 4-2) led in all four sets, including late in the fourth set. Lady Yellow Jacket surges at the right time turned three of those four sets around and Lee County (8-3, 5-1) won 25-22, 22-25, 25-20, 25-23.
Along with the beginning of the Jacket vs. Cavalier Cape Fear Valley history, the Jackets and Cavs entered the match tied for second in the conference.
The rivals traded leads practically the whole way as the advantage at the net swung from Lee County's Emily Stanley, Meggan Rose and Chandler Patterson to Southern Lee's Sydney Elseth and Marckee Zimmerman.
The Lady Jackets jumped out to a 6-1 lead, then led 13-7 in the opening set before Southern Lee answered. Back-to-back kills by Elseth, who finished with a match-high 17 kills, made it 15-15.
Rose put down a shot off a set by Clay Fowler to put the Jackets back in front. A pair of Cavalier points gave Southern Lee a 21-20 lead.
A spike by Stanley for a kill made it 22-21 Lee County and a fastball ace by Patterson put the Jacket up two points.
A kill by Rose went for a side out to the Jackets and a 24-22 lead. Fowler hit an ace inside a sideline on set point.
Southern Lee got the lead opening the next set, getting out to a 8-3 lead, then a 12-7 margin before a 5-0 Jacket run tied it at 12-12.
Elseth hit kills on two of the next three Cav points for a 15-12 Southern Lee lead. The Cavaliers kept going to a 20-16 lead. Lee County went on 5-0 run to take a lead which lasted for just a point.
Zimmerman scored an ace off of Erin Pickens' assist to put the Lady Cavs up 23-22. Pickens followed with a surprise, a push shot instead of her usual set, and it was good for a kill. Summer Williams made her first kill of the match count for set point to tie the match.
Southern Lee led set three 14-11 until an 11-3 Jacket run was key to the whole match. Patterson was the big hitter in the rally and Stanley, with a couple aces included, served most of the run.
From a 22-17 deficit, the Cavalier scored three straight points. Lee County got a kill by Rose at the center of the net for a side out to 23-20 and the Jackets took the next two points.
The Jackets also took nine of the first 10 points in set four before Southern Lee fought back to take a 16-14 lead.
Like that, the momentum flipped. A Stanley kill, a Patterson ace and a Rose kill, then a kill by Stanley after a Cavalier timeout, made it 21-19 Lee County.
Southern Lee got the next three points, with a big spike by Elseth making it 22-21 Cavaliers.
For one of the few stretches of the match, errors played a role on both sides. A Cavalier mishit, then a trade of missed serves, made it 23-23.
Fowler set up Stanley for a kill to bring up match point.
On one of the longest rallies of the night, the Cavaliers nearly had a saving point a couple of times but an all-out dig by Patterson actually turned into a set for Stanley at the net and she put her shot down to seal the win.
Stanley finished with 12 kills while Rose had 10 and Patterson had nine. Patterson led the Jackets with five aces. Fowler set up 27 assists.
For Southern Lee, Pickens had 22 assists and Williams added eight assists. Zimmerman had 10 kills.
The win gives the Lady Jackets seven victories in eight matches. Lee County will play at Gray's Creek at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Southern Lee will host Douglas Byrd at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.