For The Tribune
Despite falling behind 10-1 in the second set, and losing a starter, Alli Carney, to a possible concussion, Medora hung tough and pulled out a victory in five sets over a tough Orleans volleyball team Thursday evening.
The final score read 25-17, 14-25, 25-20, 14-25, 15-11 in favor of the Hornets.
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The Hornets started the evening in good fashion, taking the first set fairly easily, 25-17.
Carney left the game after getting injured in the first set.
When the Hornets fell behind 10-1 in the second set, Hornets coach Sara Todd called timeout, the team regrouped, and came back out ready to play.
The Hornets pulled within 19-13 but couldn’t hold on.
The third set was close until Kailen Flynn scored on five straight serves, thanks in part to a couple of kills by Megan Weddell, and the score went from 8-7 to 13-7 in favor of the Hornets.
In the fourth set, the Bulldogs scoring on nine straight serves, as the score went from a very close 10-9 to a distant 19-9.
However, the Hornets took a very close fifth set. Flynn recorded a kill and pushed the Hornets lead to 6-4. The lead went back and forth until the Hornets won 15-11.
A couple of very close out-of-bounds calls were made toward the end of the second set, but the Hornets prevailed.
“We got a little lethargic,” Hornets coach Sara Todd said. “We missed more serves than I like seeing. We had Allie leave (due to injury) and other girls had to step up. We had girls move into other positions, and played well.”
Flynn made all 18 of her serves for the Hornets with three aces, Avery Carney went 15 of 16 with 4 aces and Katie Beesley was a perfect 13 on 13 with three aces.
Hitting, Avery Carney made 25 of 26, Megan Weddell was 32 of 41 with 12 kills and Flynn was 26 of 29 with six kills.
The Hornets (3-6) play their next game at Union Dugger on Saturday.