LOCATION: Harrington Center (Cincinnati, OH)
The Lions battled the Yellow Jackets of Defiance College in a five set match. The Lions started the match well and took the first two sets but Defiance caught momentum and won the third and fourth set. After a close fifth set the Lions were able to come out with a 3-2 victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Lions started the first set off strong, taking a quick 5-1 lead over the Yellow Jackets. Defiance was able to bring the score back midway through the set but a four point service run from Riley Brunner (Lawrenceburg, IN / Lawrenceburg) would give the Lions some breathing room. The Lions kept up the pressure and a Yellow Jacket error secured the set one 25-15 victory. The Lions continued their momentum to take another 5-1 lead but Defiance would quickly counter and tie the score at 11. Defiance would go on to take the lead but the Lions battled back to tie the score at 20. The Lions held tight and back to back kills from Cailey Plemmons (Oxford, OH / Talawanda) lead to a 25-22 victory. The Lions struggled to find their rhythm in the third set and Defiance found a way to stay close the whole set. Tied at 20, the match went point for point and forced extra points. Back to back errors from the Lions would lead to a Defiance 27-25 victory. The Lions continued their struggles in the fourth set and found themselves at a deficit early. The offense wasn't able to find a rhythm resulting in 25-12 loss. The Lions picked up their play in the final set to take a 3-0 lead. The Lions wouldn't lose the lead in the final set and won the set 15-11 and the match 3-2.
Brunner earns the LionHearted Performance in the match against Defiance, where she had 19 kills and 24 digs. Brunner was essential in the Lions close fifth set victory.
The Lions return to the Harrington Center for another conference match. They will be facing the Panthers of Hanover College this Wednesday 10/10 at 7PM. Check MSJSports.com for more updates on the Lions season!