Oakman downs Vinemont in four sets

Josh McBrayer

VINEMONT– The Vinemont Lady Eagles took the court Tuesday night against the Oakman Lady Wildcats in their area 12 volleyball match up. Vinemont came out of the gate strong, winning the toss and controlling the opening serve, on their way to a 25-20 victory. However, the Lady Wildcats came roaring back on the strength of 17 aces over the next three sets to take the match three sets to one.

Vinemont opened the match with back-to-back aces by Sarah Smith before Oakman broke serve. The Lady Wildcats would then go on a 5-0 run, forcing a Vinemont timeout. The Lady Eagles got back on track following the break in the action. They matched Oakman point for point, rattling the Lady Wildcats that lead to some unforced errors, allowing Vinemont to take the lead and not look back. The set ended with an Oakman attempted kill that was deemed out.

The first set was led by Sarah Smith with two aces and a kill, as well as Zoe Thomas with an ace and two kills and a pair of nice digs.

The second set started much like the first, with Vinemont earning the first point. The score would go back and forth for the next few volleys but Oakman would soon take over. With the score knotted at three, the Lady Wildcats went on a 12-2 tear with a flurry of aces and kills, led by Chante Williams and Iyana Canada, pushing the score to 14-5. Vinemont fought back but it was not enough as they dropped the second set 25-14.

Oakman was dominating in the third set of the match, opening with a 9-1 run. Vinemont would counter back with three more points but Oakman was not to be denied, closing the set on an 11-0 run to take the set 25-4 and the match lead 2-1.


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