Kalen Benza of Lancaster puts the ball over against Washington & Lee in a JV game last week. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrigh
Lancaster swept the Eagles, 3-0, last Thursday and got by the Lady Trojans, 3-2, last Tuesday.
Lauren James and Le’Aira Kelley led the net play against Washington & Lee in Lancaster’s 26-24, 25-18 and 25-12 wins. James had five kills and Kelley four. Brittany Jones had three kills, while Loren Moore had two and Lori Smith and Carli Hanback had one each. Hanback and Moore led the defensive play on the front line with three blocks apiece, while Kelley had one.
Behind the line, Brook Reed served for two aces and had 15 good serves, while Smith had 18 good serves with three aces and Jones put over one ace on 10 good serves. James had two aces and Moore three.
Smith also led in the middle with 11 assists.
Against the Lady Trojans, Lancaster battled to an extra-point win, 27-25, in the first game, then allowed Essex to go up 2-1, before rebounding to pick up the last 2 games, 25-21 and 15-11, to win the best of five series.
Kelley, Hanback and James got a workout on the front line with Kelley getting above the net for seven kills and 13 blocks. Hanback had seven blocks and four kills and James had five kills. Moore also had three blocks.
Smith led the setters with 15 assists, had one kill and an ace on 12 good serves. Jones had three kills, two aces, 17 sets and got low for six digs.
The Lady Devils wrap up regular season play Tuesday, October 29, at home against Colonial Beach. They are on the road tonight (October 24) at Northumberland.
In JV matches, Lancaster also picked up two conference wins, beating Washngton & Lee, 2-1, and sweeping Essex, 2-0.
In the 25-15, 25-9 win over the Trojans, Lucy Washington and Kalen Benz had two kills each, while Tyler Martin and Lexi Hendricks had one apiece. Washington also had four aces and Hendricks one.
Martin put over nine untouched serves and Skylar Dixon two. Dixon also had three sets.
Lancaster won the first game, 25-18, against Washington & Lee, then allowed the Eagles a 25-18 win in the second to force the best of three series into a tie-breaker. The Lady Devils won that, 15-11, to take the match.
Martin laid down six kills to dominate the Devils front line, while Hendricks and Washington had two kills each. Dixon and Benza had one kill apiece.
Martin also put over four aces, while Benza and Washington had one each. Dixon put over three unreturned serves and had five sets.