Lady Miner spikers declaw Lady Tigers
The Linton-Stockton Lady Miners volleyball team took care of business in workmanlike fashion Saturday afternoon at Linton.
In every set the Lady Miners assumed control down the stretch and closed the deal, sending the Princeton Lady Tigers home with a 25-19, 25-20, 25-19 loss in straight sets.
“We had points where we looked like we should all the time,” Linton-Stockton coach Scott Vanderkolk said. “And there times I’d like to see us a little better.
“But that’s going to happen. That’s high school sports for you.”
In the opening set the Lady Miners staked out an early 6-4 lead behind a pair of kills and an ace from Hadlea Chesterfield and Ryleigh Fidler’s slam.
The lead grew to 13-7 - with a little help from the Lady Tigers. Two errant serves, two serve receive errors and a couple balls hit sideways handed Linton six points.
Then the Lady Miners returned the favor. A volley sailed long and there was another bobble. A ball dropped to the floor amid confusion and a serve didn’t clear the net as Princeton got within three, 11-14.
Linton-Stockton went on to score seven of the next eight. Reghan Moody sent home a kill on a perfect set from Aubrey Walton and Chesterfield added another.
Moody delivered one more and Sydney Voigtschild got into the act before the Lady Tigers reeled off six unanswered.
Emma Ault started things off with a kill. Brooke Shafer’s tip fell untouched and Kiare Young hammered a pair of winners.
The Lady Miners mishandled a serve and another ball fell untouched due to indecision.
“There are still some execution things and some communication breakdowns,” Vanderkolk said. “But it’s going to happen. It’s Saturday. It’s been a long week and everyone’s tired.”
The rally cut Linton’s lead to 21-18. But Princeton would get no closer.
Moody came up with a block and a kill, the Lady Tigers served it into the net, and the final point came on another miscue.
In set two Chesterfield and Haley Rose traded kills with Princeton’s Mallory Smith and Young. Kennedy Clark’s ace for the Lady Tigers tied the set at 16.
But once again the Lady Miners took over.
Fidler slammed two kills and dealt a pair of aces. Lannan served an ace and Chesterfield sent home another kill.
Princeton hit it four times, then sailed the ball over the end line, handing Linton the final two points.
In the final set Linton again led 13-7.
Moody drilled a cross-court slam, found open space near the back line and sent home another. Rose came up with a block and a kill at the net. Lannan hit a winner from the back row and fired another ace.
Two errors by the Lady Miners reduced the margin to four.
But after that it was all she wrote.
Chesterfield came up with a save at the net, Fidler nailed four more kills and Moody added another for a 22-13 lead. Another block by Rose secured match point for the hosts.
Linton-Stockton (6-8) is back in action Monday at Owen Valley.
“We’ve got a big week next week,” the Lady Miners coach said. “Hopefully we’ll have another good week. We’ve got a chance to win a bunch on the back side of our schedule and get some momentum to carry through to the sectional.”
NOTE: This story will be updated with statistics.