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Lady Vandals fall to Greenville in VFTC match

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By Andrew Harner

VANDALIA – After losing the first set and quickly falling behind in the second, the Lady Vandals needed someone to make a big play last Thursday against Greenville.

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But it seemed that the harder players tried to revitalize energy into the fifth annual Volley for the Cure match, the worse the results became.

Vandalia struggled in all aspects, posting its lowest kill total since Sept. 7 and recording just four aces and one block during a 21-25, 12-25 South Central Conference loss to Greenville.

The Lady Vandals (11-6, 3-4 SCC) never led in the second set, getting hit with three of its six net violations along the way. Greenville was called for being in the net just once.

With the momentum fading fast, coach Allison Hall pleaded for one of her players to step up and make a play before it was too late.

“I was wanting to see that really bad,” Hall said. “They were trying, but it was working against them – the more they tried, the worse it got.”

The Lady Vandals had eight of their 17 kills in the second set, but none of them came consecutively. Only senior

Megan Godoyo and junior Kadi Metzger were able to serve more than one point, but their streaks only lasted two serves.

Meanwhile, Greenville (14-4, 3-4 SCC) feasted on 13 second-set errors by Vandalia to cruise to an easy win. For the game, Vandalia committed 27 hitting or service errors.

“I didn’t think we had any focus tonight,” Hall said. “We didn’t come out determined – plain and simple.”

The game was a rematch of the Vandalia Tournament championship game, which Greenville won, 25-23, 25-16, on Sept. 21.

Junior Johanna Walton led Vandalia in kills in both games, getting six the first time and seven last Thursday.

She has been attacking the ball well lately, leading the team in kills in four of the past five games, and averaging 6.7 in the past seven games. Walton needs 12 more to reach 100 for the season.

“Johanna was really confident in her hitting abilities tonight,” Hall said.

Vandalia held a brief lead at the start of the first set, going ahead 3-0, but allowing the Lady Comets to earn the next three point.

From there, there would be ties at six, seven and eight, but three straight kills from Greenville’s Kelli Mallett would later kill off three straight points to give the Lady Comets a 16-11 lead.

The Lady Vandals looked to be making a comeback, with back-to-back kills by Walton and sophomore Makayla Tinker and an ace from senior Brandy Protz cut Greenville’s lead to 22-21.

Two attack errors and an ace from Greenville’s Naomi Hall would end the set.

Thursday, Oct. 3
Greenville 25, Vandalia 21
Greenville 25, Vandalia 12
Kills: Walton, 7; Metzger, 3; Tinker, 3; Godoyo, 2; Ally Sasse, 2.
Aces: Jessica Booker, 1; Metzger, 1; Protz, 1; Jessica Sullens, 1.
Assists: Sullens, 14; Metzger, 2.
Blocks: Walton, 1.
Record: 11-6 (3-4 SCC)
JV: Vandalia (7-2) won, 25-23, 19-25, 25-17.
F: Vandalia (3-3-4) won, 25-23, 25-23.