Lady Lions Get Revenge

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Lady Lions Get Revenge

Hayden Simmons, Sports Reporter

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Coming off of a big win in Lindsay, the Lady Lions volleyball team got set for the Argyle tournament. Pool play began on Thursday, August 22nd, and the Lady Lions took on Cleburne in their opening match. The team got off to great start in the tournament, sweeping Cleburne, 25-23 and 25-22. The Lady Lions then took on Braswell and fell short in a dramatic third set, with set scores of 25-22, 14-25, and 24-26. In the third game, the Lady Lions got back on track in their final pool play game of the day with a comeback win against Frisco Heritage, 22-25, 25-18, and 25-22. Harper Mulkey had a dominant day at the net, totaling 38 kills in the three games. Kylee Anderson was big on the defensive side, with 40 digs on the day.

On the Friday between tournament days, the Lady Lions went to Sanger to take on the Lady Indians. The team struggled early on dropping the first two sets, 13-25 and 15-25. After that the Lady Lions got it together and one set at a time mounted an incredible comeback with set wins of 25-19, 25-25, and 15-4. Harper Mulkey and Sterling Wilkinson combined for 26 kills in the win, and some season high defensive numbers were posted, with Kylee Anderson totaling 19 digs, Sterling Wilkinson with 18, and Averee Tipton adding 17.

The Lady Lions opened Saturday’s bracket play against a team they’d been waiting a long time to get another chance at. It was the Gunter Lady Tigers, the team that knocked the Lady Lions out of the playoffs last season, who the team had drawn in an early morning match-up, but that didn’t stop them from jumping on them in the first set. The Lady Lions cruised to a 25-17 win in the first, but Gunter came back and stole the second set 23-25. In a deciding third set, the Lady Lions took an early lead and fought off surges from the Lady Tigers, getting the win 25-21. Sterling Wilkinson was big offensively in the revenge game, tallying 10 kills, and defensively it was a team effort for the Lady Lions, with 3 players finishing with double-digit digs. The win set up the team for a bout with a tough Liberty Christian team. The Lady Lions fell in two sets, and would go on to fall against Aubrey in two as well, finishing off a long weekend of games. The Lady Lions finished a very respectable 4th in the tournament and now carry a record of 10-9 into a game in Bowie against the Lady Jackrabbits.

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