Sept. 7, 2012 — After losing its first two games of the season over the weekend, Tuesday’s home volleyball game for Rowan County saw the Lady Vikings front line put on an iron curtain display.
From the get go, it was apparent who would rise the victor on the night, with Rowan dominating the set 3-0.
With numerous kills throughout the night by Jessica Mullins, Faith Conn and Shelby Adams, the Lady Vikes ended the first set by compiling a 10-7 run to grab the 25-15 win.
Coach Steve Walters said his girls efforts against the Lady Engineers were as expected.
“I was really happy with our net play tonight, it was absolutely superb,” Walters said. “I want us to have that type of aggression all the time, and tonight we kind of took it to them. A lot of times we kind of have a tendency to sit back and let the opportunities come to us, but that didn’t happen here tonight.”
After taking game two, 25-9, Rowan County surprisingly found itself in a big of a dogfight during the last match, with the Lady Engineers jumping out to an early 6-4 advantage.
A nice kill by Faith Conn kick started the Rowan County offense. Trailing 12-10, Conn stepped up to serve for the Lady Vikings.
In combination with strong play at the front of the net by Mullins, the girls in green went on a 6-0 run to take its first commanding lead of the match, 16-12.
Mullins really took the game into her own hands late, sending several spikes to gaps in the Estill defense.
Following a nice return by Taylor Conn to set the match point at 24-18, Mullins once again came up big for team, delivering the kill shot on an emphatic spike.
Sitting pretty at 11-2, the Lady Vikings are undefeated in both the district and the region. This is something Walters said is a good sign for the second half of the season.
“We’ve been pretty happy with our play thus far, and things are going very well in regards to our district and regional play,” Walters said. “This team really believes in itself, and they have played at a very high level as a result of that. The sky is the limit for these girls, but we are still approaching this thing with a ‘one game at a time’ type of attitude.”
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