Location: Ariel Arena (Mt. Vernon, OH)
The Basics: The Lions traveled to Mt. Vernon, OH to take on two opponents in non-conference matchups. The Lions struggled during the weekend, falling to both of their opponents in three straight sets.
How it Happened:
MSJ vs. St. Francis (Ind.)
In the Lions first match they got off to a slow start. The Cougars capitalized on the Lions errors to gain a lead midway through the set. The Lions rallied back on a five point service run from Cailey Plemmons (Oxford, OH / Talawanda) to get them within two points. Back to back errors from the Lions would give St. Francis the first set with a score of 25-20. The Lions picked up their play in the second set but St. Francis countered most of their opportunities. St. Francis earned a lead half way through the set but the Lions were able to fight back to tie the score at 20. The Lions weren't able to keep their momentum in the final points and dropped the second set 25-22. The Lions found themselves at a deficit yet again to start the third set. St. Francis would hold the lead all throughout the set even going into the final points. The deficit was too much for the Lions to overcome as they would drop the final set 25-20, and the match 3-0.
MSJ vs. Mt. Vernon Nazarene
In the Lions second match of the day they continued their struggles. The Lions stayed aggressive early in the set but Mt. Vernon was able to build a lead. The Lions offense wasn't able to get it going and they dropped the first set 25-18. The Lions started the second set off slow but quickly found their way back into the set after a Mount timeout. The Lions brought the match within a point but another run by Mt. Vernon would keep them ahead. The Lions weren't able to find a rhythm and dropped the final set 25-14, and the match 3-0.
Riley Brunner (Lawrenceburg, IN / Lawrenceburg) stepped up on offense this weekend, averaging 10 kills per match for the Lions. Karlie Schell continues to lead the Lions on defense, earning 23 digs in two matches.
The Lions travel to Thomas Moore to take on the Mount's crosstown rival. The match will be this Wednesday 9/19 at 7PM. Check MSJSports.com for more updates on the Lions season!