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Digging It-Concord Hits Past Bluefield

BLUEFIED, Va. — In a hard-fought, back-in-forth match, the Concord Lady Lions volleyball team defeated Bluefield College three-sets to one on Wednesday evening at the Dome Gymnasium at Bluefield College.

September 30, 2010

by JONATHAN GREENE

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

 

BLUEFIED, Va. — In a hard-fought, back-in-forth match, the Concord Lady Lions volleyball team defeated Bluefield College three-sets to one on Wednesday evening at the Dome Gymnasium at Bluefield College.

 

After starting the set off with a point on a Lady Ram error, Concord jumped out to an 8-4 lead after a kill by Amber Miller.

 

“We’ve been struggling with starting strong all season long,” Bluefield College head coach Charolette Shelton said. “Serve, receive we were struggling. If you can’t pass the ball, you can’t run the offense.”

 

The scrappy Lady Rams kept it close though bringing it to 12-11 before the Lady Lions’ scored on back-to-back kills from Rebecca Lovejoy and Emily Wilson to open the lead back up at 14-11.

 

The Lady Lions closed within match-point after a kill by Miller but an error on the next point led to a Bluefield College serve. Concord won the set on the next point with a kill by Wilson.

 

“I said this isn’t going to be what it was last year,” Lady Lions’ head coach Kate Southcott said. “When we split, we were comparable teams last year. We have to play better. We can’t go in thinking we are comparable, we have to think they can beat us and not let them.”

 

Unfortunately in the second set, they did.

 

The Lady Rams cruised out to a 13-8 lead after a kill by Alyssa Weddle and an ace by Cheznee Daily.

 

“Not a whole lot as far as who was playing,” Shelton said of changes during the second set. “It was just who wanted it most, at that point we wanted it most.”

 

Concord climbed within three at 18-15, but a kill by Hannah Spicer shifted the momentum towards Bluefield again.

 

After a Concord timeout, the Lady Rams closed within match point on a kill by Weddle and a Concord error on the next point gave the Rams the set 25-17.

 

The third set was back-in-forth until Bluefield College took control with a 16-13 advantage. Thanks to a kill by Miller and two aces by Wilson, the Lady Lions clawed back to within one at 17-18.

 

From there, the momentum shifted in favor of Concord as they took control with a 24-21 lead after a kill by Lovejoy.

 

On set point, Helen Theisen served an ace and Concord took the third set 25-21.

 

“For us it was huge,” Southcott said. “To not have to go five and worry about losing, I felt way better. I felt like my team has confidence and now they know they can do this.”

 

The fourth set saw nine ties before the Lady Rams took a three point led at 15-11 thanks to a Weddle kill.

 

Bluefield College would hold the four-point margin until Concord mounted a comeback.

 

“We’re struggling when we get ahead.” Shelton said. “We settle instead of pushing forward. Hopefully we’ll improve as the season goes on and improve.”

 

The Lady Rams settling was costly as Concord tied the game at 19 on an ace by Wilson.

 

The Lady Lions took the lead for a good on another spectacular kill by Miller at 22-20.

 

Trailing 24-21, the Lady Rams had one last chance to make a comeback of their own, but their serve went long giving the set 25-21 and the match to the Lady Lions.

 

After struggling to start the year, Miller led Concord with 20 kills and Southcott was happy for her senior.

 

“Amber’s definitely turned the corner,” Southcott said.

 

“She’s definitely turned around and decided I’m going to play this game and have fun at it. “She was playing the game before, but I don’t know if she was having as much as last year. I think she realized the stress isn’t on her and doesn’t have to win the games for us. She just has to play and have fun and she’ll end up winning games for us.”

 

Wilson finished with 15 kills and five aces in the winning effort. Lovejoy added 8 kills while Theisen had 27 assists. Allie Pennington had three digs.

 

Takashi Franklin led Bluefield College with 13 kills. Weddle and Megan Randall each added 8 kills. Yeda Duarte had 26 digs in the losing effort.

 

Concord (4-11) host Chowan on Friday at 7 p.m. while Bluefield College is off until Oct. 7 before hosting Montreat.

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