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The Lookout | December 13, 2018

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Volleyball team outlasts Jackson

Volleyball team outlasts Jackson

Richard Schenck
Sports Editor

The LCC volleyball team, already having surpassed its 2013 win total, improved to 11-3 (5-2 in the MCCAA) defeated the Lady Jets of Jackson College in the Gannon Gym Sept. 25.

The Stars prevailed in five exciting sets, with the final set ending 15-11.

The night did not start off smoothly for the Stars as they quickly found themselves behind 9-8 after a controversial call at the net.

The LCC spikers managed to tie the game at 20, but missed serves and bad-luck bounces eventually proved too much as LCC fell 25-23.

The second set was more of the same for the Stars as Jackson jumped out to a 4-1 lead and never looked back. Crisp sets led to quality kills that left LCC often scrambling to get back into position.

After dropping the second set 25-22 LCC Head Coach Emily Quintero called her girls into a huddle, hoping to inject some life. She said her message was simple.

“Just keep fighting, work together,” she said. “We made a switch in our lineup that was a big change.”

Quintero’s squad got the message loud and clear, starting the third set with a renewed zeal that was missing during the first two.

LCC jumped out to a 6-1 lead and moved into a 24-21 lead. Jackson clawed back to 24-23 with the assistance of another controversial call by the net. It was not enough, however, as LCC claimed its first victory of the night, 25-24.

With the game and a perfect home record on the line the LCC spikers switched sides and opened their fourth set with a 10-8 lead, only to have Jackson tie it at 14. The Jets took the lead shortly after. But LCC never let the Jets any further than within three points, and recaptured the lead 22-21.

After battling point for point LCC dug deep and pulled out an impressive 26-24 victory to tie the night at two sets apiece.

By this time a nearly full Gannon Gym rang with the cheers of encouragement for every point earned and given up.

By the fifth set both teams were visibly dealing with the effects of extended volleys and the high-scoring sets that set up an unlikely overtime.

LCC opened overtime leading 7-3, never losing control of the set. By the final whistle the Stars completed their thrilling comeback with a 15-11 win.

After the game Quintero credited the game to the tried and true basics of competition.

“Hard work and commitment to the team,” she said. “No longer an ‘I.’ It’s all about us as a team.”

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