Peebles opens conference play with win over Lady Hounds –
By Mark Carpenter –
It was an all-Adams County Southern Hills Athletic Conference volleyball match up on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at Peebles High School as the Lady Indians, one of the teams favored in the SHAC, played host to the Manchester Lady Greyhounds. The Lady Hounds already had two matches under their belt, a loss to Georgetown and a win over Lynchburg, and for the talented lady Indians, it was the opener of what they hope to be very prosperous 2018 campaign.
After a very close and exciting JV match went to the Lady Hounds, the varsity squads took the court and at least for the first set, it looked like the match could be just as close, as the Lady Indians squeaked out a 26-24 win. After that point, however, it was all Peebles as the home team rolled in the second and third sets, opening their season with the straight set “W.”
“I messed up our lineup rotation the first set, so wer were kind of out of sync,” said Peebles head coach Rachel Sims. “Once we got it corrected, we played much better.”
Manchester held a 5-3 lead in the opening set before Peebles’ Tatum Arey stepped to the service line and reeled off four straight to give the home side an 8-5 advantage after the sideout. A nice kill by Christian Reed later extended the lead to 11-6, but back came the Lady Hounds behind the strong serves of senior Abby McFarland, who served up five straight, including a pair of aces, to tie the set at 12 apiece.
The two teams went back and forth over the next nine points and a McFarland block put Manchester on top 18-16. A kill by Madison Pierce gave the lead back to Peebles at 19-18, but Manchester rallied with five of the next six scores to go up 23-20, just two points from taking the set and grabbing the momentum. A kill that went long gave the serve back to the Lady Indians and they took advantage, three consecutive from Reed to go back in front 24-23. A kill by Brooke Kennedy again evened the score but the Lady Hounds wasted the opportunity as they allowed the home team to score the next two and take the first set 26-24.
That tough loss seemed to take some of the wind out of the sails of the visiting Lady Hounds as Peebles raced to a 6-0 lead in the second set, with Kylie Sims manning the service line. After one side out, the Lady Indians took the serve back and ran off five more to take a commanding 11-1 lead. A kill by Madison Jones was part of a quick three-point MHS run, but the Lady Indians stayed on the warpath, using a string of Pierce serves to go up 17-4.
It was pretty much academic after that point, though the Lady Hounds stayed alive behind some nice play from senior Madison Young. After the two teams combined for a quartet of service errors, the Lady Indians led 24-9, then a split of the final two volleys gave them a 25-10 second set victory.
In what turned out to be the final set of the evening, the Lady Indians again took the early lead as six service points from Pierce made it 8-4. After three points went to the visitors, Peebles’ Harlee Wilkinson took over the serving duties and when she was done, her team was in front 14-7.
A kill by Jacey Justice made it 17-8 as the outcome of the match became clearer and clearer. The Lady Hounds got service points down the stretch from Karigan Turner, but the home team was just too much to handle, as Pierce served the final four points in a 25-13 Peebles win, giving the Lady Indians a 3-0 win in their 2018 debut.
“Most of my girls are pretty consistent servers and serving will be a big deal for us all season,” said Coach Sims. “I have good hitters but we didn’t get a lot of block opportunities tonight. We knew who to keep an eye on for Manchester and we kept the pressure on them and it worked.”