Top Memory #9 Volleyball Rolls to Sectional Title
#9 Volleyball Rolls to Sectional Title
Back on October 13 and 15 the Louisville Lady Leopards Volleyball team competed in the Division I Sectional Tournament at Lake High School. Louisville dominated the competition in sweeping the host Blue Streaks 25-16, 25-12, 25-16 and then downing the #6 Seed Wooster Generals 25-19, 25-22, 24-26, 25-22.
Despite the game being played at Lake, the blue seating & Louisville student section made the Lady Leps feel like they were at a more familiar “L-H-S.” Jake Pukys took on the challenge to do push-ups for every single Louisville point scored, which totaled 325 after the first set.
Sarah Lairson ended the night with 13 points & 3 aces, Kayla Cole had 8 kills, and Haley Shadle tallied 29 assists to lead the Leopards offense. On defense, Grace Jackson had 13 digs and Brynn Guist finished with 3 blocks.
In the Sectional Final against Wooster, Louisville took an early 2-0 advantage with a first set victory of 25-19 and a come from behind 25-22 win in the second set. The Generals did the unfathomable in erasing a 24-20 Leopard lead in the third set by scoring the final 6 points to win 26-24.
The Lady Leopards regrouped to win the final fourth set 25-22 to win their fourth DI Sectional in the past 5 seasons. Leaders included Guist with 14 kills, Shadle with 45 assists, Emily Hollifield with 4 blocks, and Rachel Mathie with a team-high 18 digs & 13 points serving.
Louisville would fall to second seeded GlenOak six days later in the District Semifinals. Yet, with a core of underclassman coming back & a drop to Division II, the 2015 Lady Leopards season looks to be a special one!
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