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Lady Lions suffer tough losses to Clemens, Hays

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The Lady Lions Volleyball team played two tough matches this past week.
The Ladies concluded the first round of district play against Clemens and suffered a tough loss 16-25, 16-25, 19-25.
The Lady Lions showed sparks where they played very well, yet they could not put together a run to finish the games.
“We played with Clemens up to 15 points and then we d

isappeared,” said Head Coach Jeff Witte. “In game one we had a 14-13 lead and Clemens outscored us 12-2 to win the game. In game two we were down 16-14 and Clemens closed out the game by outscoring us 9-2.”
The Lady Lions showed a lot of improvement in their serve reception as they were able to pass 63 percent of the serves inside the 10-foot line for the setter to get. This is a big improvement from just two weeks ago.
Lockhart was led offensively by Kelly Witte with seven kills followed by Camille Clay with six and Jenee Clay with five.
Meredith Moore led the Lions in assists with nine, followed by Andrea Carter with five and Shelby Henrichs with three.
Defensively, the Lady Lions were led by K. Witte with seven digs, followed by Brianna Hinnenkamp with five and Ashley Moore and A. Carter with four each.
“Ashley Moore had a tremendous game in serve reception as she was able to pass almost all of her 18 attempts inside the 10 foot line for our setters,” Coach Witte said.

On Friday the Ladies traveled to play the 16th-ranked Hays Lady Rebels.
The Lady Lions played extremely tough, showing a lot of hustle and pride.
“I was extremely pleased with our effort tonight,” Coach Witte said. “This was as hard as we have played all year and against a very good team.”
The Lady Lions lost the match in three straight games 14-25, 23-25 and 16-25. Offensively the Lions were led by C. Clay with seven kills, followed by K. Witte with six. Henrichs led Lockhart in assists with 10, followed by A. Carter with four and M. Moore with two.
Hinnenkamp led the Lady Lions” defense with nine digs, followed by K. Witte with eight, A. Moore with seven and Heinrichs with five. K. Witte also offered up 3.5 blocks. “The difference in the game was our serve reception, we did not do a good job getting only 25 percent of our passes within the 10 foot line,” Coach Witte said. “This led to the Lady Lions having to tip and dink a lot instead of getting a good kill swing at the ball. On the other hand the Lady Rebels were getting full swings at the ball. The Lions were diving all over the floor digging up the Lady Rebels attacks yet it eventually caught up with the Lady Lions.”
The second game of this match was as good a game as the Lady Lions have played all year. The Lions had a 21-20 lead late in the match but were unable to close it out.
The Lady Lions have a tough stretch this week, hosting the state”s top-ranked Lady Unicorns of New Braunfels and also the Lady Cougars of Canyon.
Friday night is also Jr. High night.
(Courtesy of Jeff Witte)

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