By SHELIA LANGBARTELS, O.D.
The Jefferson Lady Dawgs volleyball team lost a district home game to the Ore City Lady Rebels on Tuesday. The Lady Rebels swept the match in three sets: 19-25, 19-25, 13-25.
Ore City jumped out to a 0-3 lead over the Lady Dawgs in the first set. Elaina Langbartels ended their service with a smashing kill, and Ar’Tazia Warren took over serving. She added two service points to tie the game 3-3. Ore City got on a roll and took 8 points in a row, until Celeberity Jeter-Coleman had an excellent block to get the Lady Dawgs back in the game. Jaden Carter added three service points to the effort, but the Lady Rebels went up 12-20 before Jefferson tried to mount a comeback. Nia Garrett blocked an Ore City spike and Mackenzie Jordan served up an ace to bring Jefferson closer, 16-21. Despite a block and a kill by Langbartels and an aced serve by Warren, the Lady Dawgs fell short, 19-25.
In the second set, the Lady Dawgs took charge early. They took a 3-0 lead thanks to excellent service by Jordan and a kill by Hannah Welch. The Lady Rebels answered with seven straight points, but Jefferson wasn’t finished. The Lady Dawgs began chipping away at the Rebel lead, and came to within 1 point, 8-9. The Lady Rebs pulled ahead again 10-19, but kills by Jordan, Langbartels, and Tierrani Johnson kept the Lady Dawgs in contention. Warren added two service points, including another ace, near the end of the set, but Jefferson could not overcome the deficit. Ore City took the second set 19-25.
Early kills by Garrett and Langbartels in the third set gave the Lady Dawgs a 2-1 advantage. The score stayed tight throughout the first half of the set, but then Ore City took the lead. Jeter-Colman spiked for a point to tie the set. Welch added two service points and Langbartels had a block and a kill to put Jefferson on top again, 10-8. Ore City took over again and put up 10 straight service points. The Lady Dawgs were unable to come back, and lost the set 13-24.
Notable stats for the Lady Dawgs:
- Nia Garrett – 6 assists
- Elaina Langbartels – 6 kills
- Hannah Welch – 11 digs
- Tierrani Johnson – 7 digs
Jefferson will take on district foe, Elysian Fields, on Friday at home. Game time is 4:30 P.M.
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