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Volleyball - Three wins after a loss

                                                                                                                                                        Photo by Shari Harris
Maggie Cline is backed-up by Maddy Cole and Ashley Creek as she blocks the Dixon Lady Bulldogs in the first set Monday.

By Shari Harris
Co-Publisher

Licking High School’s varsity volleyball team followed up a loss to Rolla last Monday with a week of three wins. Steelville fell to the Lady ‘Cats on Tuesday, Oct. 1, and Conway was next, in a home game on Oct. 3. This week started out on the right note for the Lady ‘Cats as well, with a win in two sets over the Dixon Lady Bulldogs.
Licking started with the serve and jumped to a 1-0 lead before losing the serve to Dixon. The Lady Bulldogs were unable to keep the serve, and Kamryn Barnes took charge for Licking, with 10 serves for nine consecutive points, running the score up to 11-1 before the Lady Bulldogs were able to regain the serve. But it was short-lived, and Abagail Moncrief got the serve back at 12-3. The Lady ‘Cats kept Moncrief busy serving through the rest of the set, winning 25-3, with the final point an Ace.
                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Elijah Hamilton
Kaida Cook and Kiley Ingram go up for a block against Conway in the JV win Thursday. Teammates Abigail Sullins, Kimrey Krewson and Winter Murray are prepared for anything behind them.

In the second set, Dixon served for the first point, then Licking took over and Abby Cole served for 15 consecutive points, with eight aces, before Dixon was able to score again. But they only added one point, to make the score 17-2, before Licking took over again. Maddy Cole added a couple of aces during her 6 serves, then the Lady ‘Cats let up on their intensity a little. Dixon and Licking exchanged points, then Dixon added three points, including an ace, before the Lady ‘Cats finished the set, with Ashley Creek serving an Ace to end the match and set, 25-6.
The Junior Varsity Lady Cats had a successful match against Dixon also. The JV Lady ‘Cats overpowered the Lady Bulldogs in two sets, 25-11 and 25-15.
Tuesday night, Licking is scheduled to play Summersville at home. Saturday, the LHS Classic volleyball tournament promises to showcase local talent in a packed day of games at both the high school gym and the FEMA gym.

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