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The Ava Lady Bears took on the Fordland Lady Eagles Monday night and came out with a victory of 23-9 and 25-11 improving their record to 12-3.
Coach Sarah Lemons said, after a disappointing finish in the Cabool tournament, the team needed a fresh start to regain their focus.
Abby Dean led the team in serving with 13-13 and seven aces. Jorie Garrett was close behind with 9-10 and led the team in passing with 90 percent accuracy.
Samantha Martin led the team in kills with five and was also perfect for serving with 7-7.
Emily Sterling was the second kill leader with four. Lindsey Armour had a consistent passing game with 10-12 and Emily Petty led the team in assists with 15.
Tuesday night the Bears hosted Salem, which would be the first conference match of the season. With help from the fans, the Lady Bears pulled off their first SCA win of the season beating Salem 25-18 both sets.
This win makes the Lady Bears 13-3 and 1-0 in the SCA. This was a real group effort by the whole team, Coach Lemons said. Every member had a consistent game throughout the match.
Garrett led the team in serving with five aces and in kills with six. Emily Sterling was second in aces with two, and also had four kills of her own. Dean had a great passing game for the team being 18-for-22. She also added three kills in the match.
Martin was second in kills for the team with five and was almost perfect for serving with 7-for-8. Emily Petty led the team in assists with 15 and also added to the kill total with three. Armour played good defense for the team as well as being consistent in serve receives. Her combined totals were 18-for-20.
Bethany Horn was perfect in serving and contributed one kill of her own, as well as playing good defense with five digs.
The Lady Bears will take on Cabool tonight (Thursday) at home for their second conference match. Play starts at 6 o’clock with the JV, and the varsity match will follow.