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Lawrence rallies by Hobgood

MERRY HILL – Lawrence Academy rallied back Tuesday.

After dropping the first set 25-19, the Lady Warrior volleyball team came from behind to sweep the next three games and improve to 5-0 in the Tarheel Independent Conference.

“We started out very sluggishly,” Lawrence coach Dr. Ed Clouse said. “After the first game, we served 93 percent and we also made a defensive adjustment. That allowed us to get better passes and thus better sets.”

After recording only two kills in the first game, Lawrence set the tone early in game number two.

With Shelby Zube serving, Lawrence senior Kendall Street recorded back-to-back kills to push Lawrence ahead 4-1.

Moments later, it was sophomore Ashtyn Mizelle who recorded back-to-back winning shots just before Kate Hodges did the same. The culmination of those efforts was a 14-6 advantage for Lawrence.

Zube served three consecutive points later in the match to push Lawrence to a 19-12 lead.

A Hodges’ block late in the contest ended any comeback hopes for the Lady Raiders as Lawrence took a 25-20 win.

From there, the sets were not as competitive, with the Lady Warriors winning 25-10 and 25-15 to push their overall record to 9-1 for the year.

Dr. Clouse said he was pleased with the efforts of his team to get back into the contest, particularly commending Mizelle and Street.

“Ashtyn and Kendall had a kill rate close to 70 percent on the day,” he said.

Street had 15 kills for the day to go along with seven digs and three aces while Mizelle had eight kills to go with six digs and three aces.

Junior Debbie Stotesbury also had an outstanding match for the Warriors, recording 23 assists to go along with five digs.

Hodges and Kathryn Taylor each recorded seven kills for the day. Taylor added three blocks and five digs while Hodges had three digs and give blocks.

Zube had 12 assists for the afternoon to go along with three digs and an ace.

The win was the 12th consecutive TIC win for the Warriors dating back to last season.

They will look for win number 13 straight inside the league today (Thursday) when they play host to Pungo Christian Academy.