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Lady Demons rebound to upend Dutch Fork in five games

Posted: September 20, 2011 11:59 a.m.
Updated: September 21, 2011 5:00 a.m.

After losing for the first time in two Region 4-4A matches, the Lugoff-Elgin volleyball team bounced back from a loss to Spring Valley with a 3-2 win over Dutch Fork last Thursday night in Irmo.

The Lady Demons won games one (25-22) and four (25-21) while dropping the second and third games to the taller Silver Foxes by the scores of 26-24 and 25-14, respectively. Jessica Mullins’ troops then pulled out the win by taking the tie-breaker, 15-12.

The hard-fought victory gave L-E a 2-1 conference record and a 4-2 overall mark heading into Tuesday’s pairing with Ridge View.

Mullins said she was proud of the way in which her team battled throughout the match.

"Even though Dutch Fork was taller and bigger than all of us, by three inches or more," said the first-year head coach, "we were still able to pull out a win. It was a long and tough battle, but the girls were able to beat the odds and push until the end."

Mullins said that after getting off to such a good beginning, her team had a letdown in the middle games before picking things back up.

"We started out the match strong and smart. The girls, then, began to get comfortable and settled a little too much for the second and third game," Mullins said. "Once the fourth game began, the girls had regained focus and battled for the win."

Mullins noted the performance of Junior Libero Megan Kirkland who had 19 digs on the night to go along with 47 serve receive passes with one error. She was also 16-for-17 from the service stripe with an ace. Sarah Cashion was 15-of-16 from the service stripe with four aces while contributing nine kills in 23 attempts with only four errors. The freshman middle hitter also had a pair of solo blocks and a dig.

Kayla Cook, a junior right-side hitter, enjoyed a strong night along the net with 10 kills on 28 attempts with just five missed targets.

"We had a lot of good volleyball in this match with great plays and strong perseverance," Mullins said after the match. "The five-set win over Dutch Fork was well -needed after the shutout against Spring Valley on Tuesday. The girls needed to regain their confidence and remember that we might be smaller than everyone but we still can get the job done."

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