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Lady Bears V’ball Team Picks Up SCA Win at Salem

The Lady Bears made the long road trip to Salem last Thursday night to compete in their second conference game of the season.
The junior varsity girls came out very strong in the first set, winning the game 25-6 and wrapped up the second set 25-16.
The highlight of the two sets was strong consistent serving by most of the team. Hunter Shelton was 15-for-15 and had five aces.  Cera Longino was 11-for-11 and added three aces of her own.
The varsity team got their first conference win of the season by beating the Lady Tigers 25-18, 19-25, 26-24.
The Lady Bears struggled to be consistent throughout the 3-set match and the Lady Tigers took the second set from them.  But the Ava girls battled back and fought hard to win the last two points to beat Salem for their first SCA win.
Alena Stokes led the team in aces with five, Destiny Sparnicht added two aces, and several Lady Bears added one ace each, including Darian Bushong, Courtney Mings, Bailey Loge, Erica Croney, and Brandee Cutbirth.
Loge led the team in kills with 5, Courtney Mings added 4, Erica Croney had 3, Bushong and Rachel Swofford each added one kill.
The Lady Bears played at Cabool on Tuesday night and will be back home tonight (Thursday) for a conference match with Mtn. View-Liberty.
At Cabool on Tuesday night the varsity match was played first due to Cabool’s low number of players.
The JV game only consisted of two sets with the first set going to Cabool 25-17 and the second set going to Ava 25-18.  Cera Longino led the team in serving aces with five, followed by Hunter Shelton, Shelby Bushong, and Bree Gidney who all had one apiece.  Dusty Graham added two kills as did Bushong and Longino.
The varsity came out and played a slow first set, losing to the Lady Bulldogs 12-25.  The second set saw the Lady Bears put up more of a fight but they still came up short of a victory, losing the second set 17-25.
“We never really got into a good flow,” said Coach Sarah Roy. “The girls made a lot of smart plays but we just couldn’t keep the points coming our way.”
The Lady Bears didn’t have a very strong serving night either with only two players getting aces. Alena Stokes had two and Courtney Mings adding one.  Erica Croney led the team in kills with nine, followed by Courtney Mings who added two.  The Lady Bears face Liberty tonight (Thursday)  at home for their fourth conference match of the season.

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