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Lady Warhawks suffer opening-season loss

Published 11:29am Thursday, September 6, 2012

After seeing their whole first week of games canceled last week due to Hurricane Isaac, the Jefferson Davis Community College Lady Warhawk volleyball team began their season Tuesday with a loss at Pensacola State.

JDCC lost 3-0 in straight sets taking a 25-13 loss in set one, a 25-16 loss in set two and a 25-18 loss in set three.

“First game jitters were very evident Tuesday as we finally were able to get the 2012 season underway,” JDCC head coach Misti Nims said. “Their nerves played a huge role in the first two matches playing against a very good Pensacola State College. The team had fight and improved each game. We were tied 18-18 in the third match but PSC played with experience through the final seven points and we were unable to side out.  In the first two matches, we could not get good passes to run the offense which led to a lot of free balls and missed hits.”

Nims said after her team calmed down, the offense began to produce.

“Overall I was glad to see us improve and stay together with excitement throughout all three matches,” Nims said. “Our home opener will be Thursday and it will be another tough match for us since Wallace-Hanceville has won the region tournament three straight years. However, playing tough competition in the beginning allows us to gain experiences that in the long run will help us succeed later in the season.”

Kiki Youngblood led JDCC with six kills in the loss while Kayla White added four. Jenny Daniels and Tori Bracewell had three each while Tara Gafford and Amber Huskey had two each.

Youngblood and White had one block each while Gafford led with two.

White and Gafford had one ace each while White added 15 assists and Huskey had three.

JDCC was scheduled to host Wallace State-Hanceville at 3 p.m. Thursday in Brewton.

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