By SHELIA LANGBARTELS, O.D.
The Jefferson Lady Bulldogs lost a home district game against the Lady Tigers of Daingerfield on Friday. Jefferson came back from two sets down, winning the third and fourth, to take the match to five sets. The scores were: 18-25, 19-25, 25-21, 29-27, 9-15.
Jefferson started out strong in the first set, with an ace and 2 service points by Mackenzie Jordan. The Lady Dawgs pulled out to a 3-1 lead, before Daingerfield tied it up, 5-5. The Lady Tigers then scored five points in a row, but Jefferson’s Nia Garrett added 4 service points, including an ace, to tie up the game, 10-10. The Lady Tigers pulled ahead again, but kills by seniors Elaina Langbartels and Aliyah Cochran got the Lady Dawgs within striking distance, 17-20. However, Daingerfield widened their lead and won the set 18-25.
The Lady Dawgs led only once in the second set, 1-0. Daingerfield pulled ahead, but an ace by Ar’Tazia Warren brought the score to 3-4. Daingerfield took the service, and the Lady Dawgs were unable to break the serve before the Lady Tigers added five points in a row. Celeberity Jeter-Coleman smashed a shot over the net and Warren aced another serve, but Jefferson was unable to recover from several early errors. Daingerfield took the set, 19-25.
The Lady Tigers started off with a bang in the beginning of the third set, leading 0-4 before a Langbartels kill started a hitting streak for Jefferson. The two teams traded points, but several excellent digs by Hannah Welch and three kills by Jaden Carter tied up the game, 9-9. Daingerfield again pulled ahead by 3 points around midset. Langbartels blocked a Daingerfield hit, added 3 service points and a kill, and brought the score to 17-17. Welch and Jordan each aced a serve to help the Lady Dawgs win the set, 25-21.
The fourth set was a true battle between the rival teams. Langbartels made a kill on the first play of the set, and Jakaila Ventimiglia added another a few plays later to give the Lady Dawgs a 5-2 advantage. Garrett served up a beautiful ace, and Jeter-Coleman added a kill shot to keep Jefferson in the lead, 10-7. The Lady Tigers tied the game, but Langbartels pitched in three kills to put Jefferson back ahead. Daingerfield eventually took the lead 21-24, but the Jefferson ladies dug in with fantastic setting, another kill by Langbartels, and some great digs by Cochran and Tierrani Johnson. Neither team could gain the 2-point advantage necessary to win the set, and they traded points until kills by Jeter-Coleman and Cochran gave Jefferson a 28-27 advantage. Garrett added the service point to give the set to Jefferson, 29-27.
The fifth set began with Daingerfield taking a 0-1 lead. Langbartels knocked down a kill shot to tie the score. The Lady Tigers then grabbed a four-point lead. Jeter-Coleman had yet another spike and Jordan aced two serves late in the set, but it was not enough to overtake Daingerfield’s lead. With the 9-15 win in the set, the Lady Tigers took the match.
● Mackenzie Jordan – 10 assists, 11 service points, 6 digs
● Nia Garrett – 7 assists, 10 service points, 1 block
● Celeberity Jeter-Coleman – 7 kills
● Elaina Langbartels – 9 kills, 1 block
Jefferson will host Ore City on Tuesday, October 9 for another district match-up. Junior Varsity teams begin at 4:30p.m. followed by the varsity squad.
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