Lady Rams score two big volleyball wins

Published 4:14 pm Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Atmore Christian School Varsity volleyball team managed to get another conference win on Thursday night against East Hill Christian in three straight sets. They won the first set 25-7, the second set 25-7, and the last set 25-12.

Their opponent is a young team with only two returning Varsity players from last year. Still, the Lady Rams played well.

Senior Narisa Wiggins had 10 aces and 4 kills on the night. Brianna Pearson had 6 kills and 4 aces. Charity Hall led in kills and blocks with 7 and 2. Aimee Jurjevich had 8 aces and Grace Kilcrease finished with 6.

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In addition to strong play from core members, head coach Michelle Yoder was able to get younger players Varsity experience and liked what she saw.

Also on Tuesday, ACS defeated Christian Collegiate Academy in three straight sets for one of their biggest wins of the season, all while on the road.

Yoder estimated it was the best the team has played all season, being particularly strong on defense.

Grace Kilcrease got the team started in the right direction with solid serving. The team had a 5-0 lead at the beginning and built it up to 13-2.

Christian Collegiate came alive at this point in the night. However, the Lady Rams continued to have excellent defense and played evenly to get the 25-15 win in the first set.

The team started the second game slowly, getting behind 1-6 mostly due to hitting errors and some great attacks by Christian Collegiate. The Lady Rams remained determined and continued with their hustle. Behind the good serving of Narisa Wiggins, the team managed to come away with a 25-17 win in the second set.

In the third game, the score went back and forth between the two teams. With the game tied 15-15, Yoder called a time out to refocus her team. The strategy worked, as they got a side out and Aimee Jurjevich and Hannah Ziglar put big serves in to finish the set 25-20 and give the Lady Rams the overall game 3-0.

Grace Kilcrease and Brianna Pearson had five kills apiece, Narisa Wiggins followed with three and Charity Hall had two.  Hannah Ziglar had seven ace serves, Kelsey Baker managed to get six, Narisa Wiggins had five, and Grace Kilcrease finished with three.

“The girls displayed better team effort than I’ve seen all season,” Yoder said. “It was great to see them playing up to their potential. Every player on the floor hustled and contributed to the win.”

ACS now has an overall 4-4 record with a 4-2 conference record.

The JV also picked up another win by beating Christian Collegiate JV 2-0. The team won the first and second sets by the same score: 25-13. Kaylynn Swartzentruber led the way with eight ace serves and four kills. Kelsey Baker chipped in four aces and a kill. Lauren Metzler had three aces serves. The JV now has an overall 3-3 record with a 2-2 conference record. Their next game is Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Central Christian.