The Lynchburg-Clay Lady Mustangs volleyball team picked up a huge win on Friday night against fellow Southern Hills Athletic Conference Fairfield to get their first win on the season and bring their record to 1-2 overall. Although the game was not a league game Coach Mark Faust was very happy with his team.
“At this point, we’ll take any win we can get,” Faust said about the win. “Any form and any fashion. We have no seniors, two of our starters are injured, and a couple of the other girls are dealing with some bumps and bruises so we’ll take it, especially in that situation where we’re down 2-0 and down 24-16 in the fourth set. We found a way to win. I think that’s what I’m most proud of is that we didn’t quit and showed some desire and determination when our backs were against the wall.”
The Lady Mustangs found themselves staring down defeat after losing the first two sets. In game one they lost with a score of 19-25, and in the second game, a rally came too late and they dropped the second game to the tune of 26-28. In game three, the Lynchburg squad roared back to keep their hopes alive with a 25-16 victory and in game four, despite being down 24-16 at one point, they fought back and won the set 28-26. In the fifth and deciding set, the Lady Mustangs were able to keep their momentum going from the previous two games and win 15-10.
“I think the girls played extremely well and gave it their all tonight,” Coach Deanne Miller said after the tough loss. “Things didn’t really go our way when we peaked and vallied. The seniors show a lot of leadership and heart and that’s something you like to see at the beginning of a season because you have an opportunity to work on the other stuff and come out later and win games. It’s disappointing that we walked away with the loss after winning the first two sets but overall I would say it was a really good night.”
The two teams will meet again September 26, this time on the Lady Lions home court in Fairfield. The next game will count as the league game for the year and even though the Lady Mustangs won Friday night, Mark Faust isn’t so sure that assures them victory next time.
“I know Fairfield didn’t have some of their players at 100% and we didn’t either, so I don’t know if it was a fair representation of what we’ll get when we go up there for the league game or at least we hope so.”
The Lady Mustangs next game will be Tuesday, August 26 at home against Manchester with the jayvee game starting at 5:00 p.m.
The Lady Lions play Monday, August 25 at home against East Clinton. Game is set to start at 7:00 p.m.
Robert Stegbauer can be reached at 937-393-3456 or follow him on Twitter @RStegbauer.