BY PAUL HINES
MT. VERNON —
The Lady Rams volleyball team took the opening game of Wednesday's match against Centralia.
But the Annies rallied to take a three-game victory in steamy Changnon Gymnasium.
Centralia won 25-21, 11-25, 21-25.
“Centralia blocked really well that second game, but we missed a lot of passes that we should have had,” Mt. Vernon coach Angie Higgins said. “We had some dropped balls that we just weren't communicating on.”
Mt. Vernon's offensive attack was able to find some openings in the Centralia defense in the first game. The Annies were able to shut down the Lady Rams in the final two games and win the battles near the net.
“We didn't play our game of volleyball that third game, which I think just set us back a little bit,” Higgins said. “
Hannah Owens had five kills and two blocks for Mt. Vernon. Whitney Jones finished with two kills and eight blocks. Kirsten McGowen added four blocks and two kills.
In the opening game Mt. Vernon stormed to a 20-13 lead and hung on late. Mt. Vernon saw Centralia close the gap to 22-20 before taking a 25-21 victory. The game ended when Centralia knocked a shot long.
Centralia bounced back in the second game and took control early on. The Annies doubled up the Lady Rams at 14-7. Centralia built a big lead late and took the game 25-11 when a shot from Owens went wide.
Centralia led throughout the decisive final game, but after trailing early the Lady Rams closed to within a point at 14-13. The Annies responded with a burst to move the score to 16-13 after a kill from Reanna Hutton. The Annies maintained a cushion and closed out the win with a Kaylee Hoelscher kill.
“We missed a couple key serves,” Higgins said. “They're afraid that they're going to make mistakes sometimes so they take a little bit off of their swing on their hitting. And that's when they hit it out of bounds.”
Mt. Vernon is 3-3 this season and hosts Woodlawn on Thursday.