By SHELIA LANGBARTELS, O.D.
Jefferson’s volleyball team hosted Hughes Springs on Tuesday to wrap up the 2018 season. The Lady Mustangs won the match in three sets over the Lady Dawgs: 24-26, 22-25, 20-25.
Jefferson started strong in the first set, pulling out to a 4-0 lead. Hughes Springs then pulled ahead 4-5, but Nia Garrett made a kill for a Lady Dawg point to tie the game. The Lady Mustangs took over again with 4 points in a row, but Jakaila Ventimiglia added a kill and Elaina Langbartels aced a serve to narrow the gap. Garrett took over serving with the score at 8-11 and put Jefferson in the lead, with the help of Celeberity Jeter-Coleman’s smashing kill and a block from Mackenzie Jordan. The Lady Dawgs maintained their lead until the end of the set, when Hughes Springs made a comeback to take the set 24-26.
The Lady Dawgs had a much slower start in the second set, and found themselves down 2-11. Ar’Tazia Warren aced a serve and Jaden Carter and Ventimiglia made kills to get Jefferson back in the game. Langbartels added 3 service points to the effort. Carter then aced two serves to tie the set at 16. Despite blocks by Langbartels and Carter and a kill by Garrett, the Lady Mustangs won the second set 22-25.
The Lady Dawgs started the third set with a bang. Jordan served up two aces, and Langbartels hit two unstoppable spikes, and Jefferson took an early 5-1 lead. Garrett and Langbartels each added another kill, and Jefferson was up 7-1. The Lady Mustangs began chipping away at the Jefferson lead, and with the score 11-10, Langbartels added her fourth kill of the set to increase the Lady Dawg lead 12-10. Hughes Springs finally tied the game, but a kill by Tierrani Johnson and a block by Langbartels put Jefferson back in the lead. However, the Lady Mustangs persevered to come back and win the third, 20-25.
Notable statistics for the Lady Dawgs:
Mackenzie Jordan – 6 assists, 2 aces, 5 digs
Nia Garrett – 6 assists, 4 kills
Elaina Langbartels – 5 kills, 2 blocks
Ar’Tazia Warren – 6 digs
Hannah Welch – 6 digs
This was the final game for these volleyball Lady Dawgs, but the basketball Lady Dawgs are reported to have started practicing b-ball today. Their first scrimmage will be Saturday, November 3 in the Bulldog gym at 10:00 A.M.
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