Home court advantage paid off for the Duncan Volleyball team who got a big victory in a five set thriller. The Lady Demons beat Cement 3-2 despite falling early in the match.
In set one, the Lady Demons lost to Cement 25-11 as the Lady Bulldogs had everything going their way on hits and serves to get the huge victory and lead 1-0 over Duncan.
Set two came Duncan’s way and they tied it at up at one apiece with a 25-23 victory after taking a commanding 3-0 lead on the back of two aces from Abbi Price and a kill from Emily Sutherland.
Cement got on a run of their own to take a lead, however, Klarissa Testa got several kills and a block to put the score even at 18 apiece.
The last several points went back and forth and Kaylee Foster got the Lady Demons within match point then an out of bounds hit from Cement got the 25th point and the victory in set two for Duncan.
Set three for the Lady Demons was another battle although they got the 26-24 victory to put them up 2-1.
Several points in the set were on errors and out of bounds hits as both teams were amped up from the crowd support of both teams and the Lady Demons took over in the last few points of the set.
A block from Abbi Price then Kyndle Ledford got a kill along with Sutherland joining in to take the 24-19 lead and were one point away from taking the set.
Cement took over and got the next several points tying it up at 24 apiece before Sutherland got back-to-back kills taking the victory to put Duncan up 2-1.
Set four went to Cement who won 27-25 to set up a winner take all fifth set. The Lady Demons went on cruise control to take the 15-9 set victory and win the match giving Cement their second loss of the year.
Foster was the big reason for the fifth set victory by getting three kills early while the Lady Demons relied on Testa and Sutherland to finish off the match with an Cement error netting the match point.
The Lady Demons are now 9-6 on the year and head coach Amanda Lard said she was proud of the way her team responded even with the first set not going their way.
“I think what helped us the most is we went to a real tough tournament over the weekend and we got punched in the mouth a little bit,” Lard said. “We had to figure out a way to fight and scrap while digging ourselves out of holes and we struggled a little bit over the weekend, but I told them after the game that is what we were there for is for moments like this when we got punched around a little bit and had to dig ourselves out. We did it tonight and kudos to them. They could have hung their head because we didn’t play well the first set and we kind of started slow in the second set and they came back, then it was all on them after that.”
With a break coming and the next game not being until after Labor Day, Lard is hoping that the team comes together to work out some of the miscues from the game Tuesday evening.
“Well, we have things to work on. We did some not so smart things tonight and we lacked a little on communication,” Lard said. “There were moments where we needed people to step up and it just seemed like we were waiting on someone else to do it. You always have things that you need to get better on and we just got to go sharpen those things that we didn’t do well tonight.”
After Labor Day, the Duncan Lady Demons volleyball will team have three road games before returning home and Lard thanked the crowd for the support of her team.
“There was one point in the second set that he was playing, “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and playing it during a timeout and all you hear is the student section belting it out,” Lard said. “I turned to the bench and I said I have goosebumps and told them that high school sports doesn’t get any better than that. The crowd support, I have never seen it like that and I am really glad they showed up in full force. I hope we can pay it forward when other seasons roll around and I promise you are going to see our faces in the stands cheering for them as well. It was an awesome time and a great day for Duncan High School.”
The next game for the Lady Demons will be at 6:30 p.m. Tue. Sept. 3rd at Noble High School following the ninth grade game and JV game.