Lady Lancers come from behind to best Big Green
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:00 AM
By Kevin Wannemacher
DHI Media Correspondent
OTTOVILLE — In a five set matchup that had highs and lows for both teams, it was visiting Lincolnview which produced the final high of the night as the Lancers outlasted host Ottoville for a 15-7 victory in the decisive fifth set.
The blue-and-gold won the opener 25-22 before the Big Green answered by taking the second set, 25-22, and the third set 25-21.
Ottoville would lead by as much as 18-12 in the fourth set as the hosts looked to wrap up the match. Lincolnview, though, had other ideas as the visitors finished the game on a 13-5 run to post the 25-23 victory.
From there, Lincolnview controlled the fifth set. The Lady Lancers got a kill and ace by Ashton Bowersock en route to a 3-0 advantage and Lincolnview never looked back.
Kills by Katie McClure, Katlyn Wendel and Ashley Teman helped the Lancers widen the margin to 11-5.
The Lady Big Green did get within 12-7 after a pair of Lancer hitting errors, but would get no closer. Slams by Bowersock and Teman made it 14-7 before an Ottoville player was called for being in the net to seal the 15-7 victory.
“It is a very good win for us,” noted Lancer head coach JaNahn Evans. “The girls played hard, and we had to put together a rally and come from behind. The girls were aggressive and did a good job of continuing to play hard throughout the match.”
The Lancers never trailed in the opening set, but struggled to put away the hosts.
Lincolnview led by as much as 14-6 midway through the opening game before Ottoville rallied late. The Big Green trimmed a 22-15 deficit down to 24-22 before a Teman slam sealed the win for the Lancers.
“We came out and played very aggressive,” Evans stated.
Game two, though, was the opposite. The Big Green jumped in front early by scoring the first three points before Lincolnview rallied to take a brief 8-7 advantage on a McClure kill.
The Lancers pushed the margin back to 11-8 after another McClure slam, but the lead would disappear from there.
Ottoville answered with an 11-4 run to go in front 19-15 and did not trail again in the set. The Big Green closed it out on a Lancer hitting error to record the 25-22 victory.
The Big Green again won the third set by a close 25-21 margin before taking an 18-12 lead in the fourth set.
A McClure kill ignited a 6-point Lancer run, aided by three Devann Springer aces, to knot the contest at 18-18.
Tied again at 23-23, Lincolnview then closed out the set thanks to a Big Green hitting error before a McClure slam sealed the Lancer win.
“We were behind their in the fourth set, but the girls didn’t give up,” added Evans. “I thought they showed the drive to keep playing and they wanted this victory. It is a good win for the girls.”
McClure led the Lady Lancers with 24 kills while Bowersock added 21 and Teman chipped in 16. Springer recorded 45 assists for the Lancers and Grace Gorman added 14 digs.
Baylee Neate had a pair of solo blocks to aid the Lancer cause while Alana Williams was a perfect 12 of 12 serving.
The Lancers, now 3-1 on the season, will resume action on September 4 as they visit Kalida.