Medora falls to foe Springs Valley



Medora’s volleyball team fell behind sectional foe Springs Valley early in all three sets, and dropped a 25-11, 25-12, 25-15 match Tuesday night at the Hornets’ Nest.

“We can’t be consistent with anything because we keep changing our lineup because it’s just not how we want it. It’s not working for us,” Hornets coach Sara Todd said.

“We’ve got one of our middle hitters, Alli (Carney) playing libero because there’s no sense in her hitting if we can’t get the pass. We’ve moved her to the back row and I think that’s helped tremendously, so we can keep Katie Beesley and Kailen (Flynn) hitting and that’s what we’ve got to have.”

Medora trailed 6-4 in the first set before the Blackhawks went on a 5-0 run to lead 11-4. Valley then built its lead to 17-8 before Kailen Flynn came up with a kill to slow down the visitors’ momentum.

Valley then went on a 7-2 run to lead 24-10 before Lillie Hatfield had a kill for Medora’s final point of the first set.

The Blackhawks held leads of 7-2 and 11-3 in the second set before Flynn served back-to-back aces to close the gap to 11-6.

Medora scored back-to-back points later to make it a 12-7 score before Valley marched to the win.

Valley looked like it was going to coast in the third set by grabbing a 12-3. The Hornets took advantage of an attacking error and passing error by the visitors, and used an ace by Carney to close to 12-8.

After Valley increased its lead to 14-8, the Hornets scored four straight points — with a kill by Beesley — closing the difference to 14-12. The Blackhawks then went on an 11-3 run to win its opening match of the season.

“Springs Valley is a killer,” Todd said. “We always know it’s going to be a tough match. They can just hit that ball. It’s like a missile, and they’re hard to read. I told the girls we’re going to have to read, and sometimes we can’t even read them because they’re so quick.”

Medora was 34-for-37 with three aces serving with Flynn making nine attempts with three aces.

The Hornets were 46-for-59 with seven kills in attacks, Carney going 12-for-14 with three kills, and Beesley was 8-for-10 with two kills.

“They did the best they could,” Todd said of her team. “I told them I wanted 110 percent, and I want everybody’s confidence to stay up, and that’s what they gave me tonight. They gave me exactly what I asked for.

“We need to work on being more aggressive on the net. I think they did well moving their feet tonight. I think we need to continue to work on that, moving toward the ball. Communication I thought was good but you can always improve on that. I think the big thing is being aggressive at the net.”

Medora (1-2) will travel to West Washington Thursday night.

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