The Lions volleyball team extended its winning streak to five matches on Thursday evening with a 2-0 Gateway Athletic Conference North win over the Fort Zumwalt North Panthers at Zumwalt East.
East improves to 14- 4 overall and 5-0 in the GAC North with the victory. North drops to 12-7 overall and 2-2 in the league.
“We looked good today,” East coach Michael Loyd said. “Our ball control has been good and that allowed us to control. The hitters are doing what they need to do and everyone is coming together.”
East jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the first game. Brandy Young’s kill made the score 4-2. Young led the Lions in kills with seven. East controlled the lead throughout the entire first game. Courtney Staten’s four-point serving run made the score 19-9.
“We all did our job and got the ball in the court like we were supposed to do,” Staten said. “But serving is the most important part of the game.”
The Lions won the first game 25 -12. While East made solid passes and produced big kills throughout the contest. North had trouble doing the same thing.
“We weren’t gelling and our passes weren’t on,” North coach Scott Clynes said. “We couldn’t get into an offensive mode. When you’re not in a system or a rhythm then it’s very hard. We just didn’t play our game.”
The second game was close in early and late. The Panthers jumped out to a 3-1 lead but a two-point Lion run tied the game up. East established a 5-4 lead following a three-point Staten serving run. The Panthers held a sizable lead throughout most of the second game. East held an 8-5 lead following Young’s kill. Makenna Farrier’s kill made the score 18-9.
With Marissa Love serving the Panthers went on a six-point run which made the score 24-20. But the run couldn’t be sustained and the Lions won the second game 25-20.
“If we had put those last points somewhere else in the match, it could have been an even match or a better match,” Clynes said.
The Lions will return to action on 5 p.m. on Oct. 13 with a contest against McCluer North. The Panthers next contest is scheduled on 5 p.m. on Oct. 10 on Orchard Farm.