Girls varsity volleyball stuns top-ranked Leon 


photo by Ryan Schmitt

Girls varsity volleyball celebrates a five-set win against Leon on senior night on Friday, Oct. 11. Leon, the team that beat Hagerty in the state semifinals two years ago, was ranked number one in the state before losing to Hagerty.

After a clean sweep by Oviedo the night before, the girls volleyball team bounced back to beat top seed Leon with a stunning 3-2 victory on Friday Oct.11th.

With the score 25-24 in the final set, the girls volleyball team saved the ball from hitting the net, giving setter Emily Lawerence a chance to earn the final point of the match, and giving the team their biggest win of the season.

On Friday, Oct. 11, the girls volleyball team upset top seed Leon in a thrilling non conference matchup.

In the first set, the girls team started out aggressive, creating an early 10-2 lead before Leon called a timeout. After the timeout, the girls team continued to dominate and make great plays on offense and defense, including a great ace serve from right hitter Sydney Conley. In the first set, Conley finished with five kills and three digs.  “I’d have to say we set the tone in the first set, and proved we had the fire power and defense to beat this team,” Lawerence said.

After the first set, the girls dropped their next two sets in a row, trailing 2-1 leading into the fourth set. 

Towards the end of the fourth set, the girls rallied from a few points down to two tie the score at 25-25 attempting to force a fifth set. Lawrence recorded two assists in the final two plays, including a a key save by Lawerence diving to her her knees to keep the ball in play, allowing Conley to score the set winning point.

“They fought for every single point.” Head coach Juanita Hitt said. “The last game of the match was unbelievable our kids fought for every.”

 It all came down to a fifth 15-point game deciding set. With the score tied it up at 15 both had to keep playing until one team won by two. Leon had game point twice, but the girls managed to tie the game again with an ace serve. With the momentum on their side, the girls team earned their first game point opportunity followed a spike by Conley, giving the girls volleyball team their first ever senior night win against top seeded Leon.

“Everyone worked so hard and gave full effort, it felt amazing to beat them at home on our senior night,” Lawerence said.

 The team was led by Conley with 13 kills and 16 digs, and by Lawerence who finished with 54 assists and 16 digs a new season high. The girls team finishes the season 19-6 overall and according to maxpreps, the girls team is ranked 36 leading into the playoffs.