The Lebanon volleyball team returned to the court this week after a two-week hiatus from the court due to a team quarantine. On Tuesday, the Yellowjackets fell to Glendale in three sets, defeated Rolla at home on Wednesday in three sets, and lost to Camdenton at home on Thursday in five sets (15-25, 25-13, 14-25, 25-19, 15-8).
After a rough first set, Lebanon bounced back to take the second set with ease over the Lakers but fell in the third and fifth set to drop a tough OC matchup against their rivals.
“Considering the fact that we have had three nights of games coming off of a nearly two-week quarantine, I'm proud of the way that the kids at all levels competed,” head coach Jenny Collins said. “Coming back to full days of school, time in the weight room, along with the demands of our matches by the end of the week, can have minds and bodies exhausted. However, I felt that all our girls prepared themselves for this match, pushed through the challenges they have been facing, and allowed us to be very competitive within the match play.
“We knew that the matchup against Camdenton would be competitive and a great atmosphere to play in.”
Sophomore Claire Esther and junior Myah Hough led LHS with nine kills each, while Chloe Shivers and Destiny Zimdars had six apiece.
“I thought all of our pin hitters behind the match kill leaders Claire Esther, and Myah Hough did a nice job of finding ways to score around the pressures of a big block that Camdenton put up,” mentioned Collins. “They all attacked very aggressively and were effective many times in hitting hard shots cross or line or even using the block or throwing in the off-speed.”
In the fifth set, LHS got off to a 6-1 deficit in a set to 15 points. Collins felt like the team was struggling out of serve receive in several rotations and not earning many first ball side outs. She said there were too many times last night that they gave up way too many points consecutively, and it proved to be costly.
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