By Paul Hines
MT. VERNON —
The Lady Rams volleyball team was rarely tested in a two-game mashing of Lovejoy on Thursday night.
Mt. Vernon won 25-11, 25-6.
“I was kind of worried our girls would sit back and just take them for granted, but they didn't,” Mt. Vernon coach Angie Carroll said. “They still tried to play their game and kind of take it to them.”
The match marked senior night, and the Lady Rams honored Molly Koester, Kirsten McGowen and Olivia Rios.
Hannah Owens and McGowen led the Lady Rams with five kills. Rachel Kirsch and Koester added four each.
Koester has given the Lady Rams an extra boost as an option in the front row recently. The senior missed most of the season because of a knee injury before recently returning to action.
“She's been trying to get back all season, and she's finally to the point where she can get in the game,” Carroll said. “Makiah Rush has done a great job in that spot, and Molly's just a little taller so we have another bigger blocker up there.”
Mt. Vernon built a comfortable lead in both games. The Lady Rams jumped to a 12-5 edge in the opener after Koester knocked down a kill.
The lead continued to grow late in the game. Lovejoy's Antwoniece Jenkins hit a shot long to give Mt. Vernon a 22-9 cushion. McGowen closed out the opening game with a block.
Lovejoy scored the opening point of the second game for its lone lead of the match.
The Lady Rams roared back and Alexis Stewart gave her team a double-digit edge at 15-5 with an ace.
McGowen dialed up back-to-back kills to put the Lady Rams up 24-6 before a Lovejoy hitting error ended the match.
“I think we just needed a little bit of a confidence boost towards the end of the season,” Carroll said.
Mt. Vernon is 11-9 this season.