The Lady Royals spoiled the Lady Bruins home opener on Saturday afternoon by rallying to a 3-2 match with scores of 20-25, 25-19, 18-25, 25-23 and 15-9. "It was not a pretty match, we made a lot of out of system errors which gave them several points," stated Head Coach Robin Vannoy.
In the first set, the Lady Bruins kept control of the match by jumping out to an 11-4 advantage. After a time-out, the Lady Royals kept fighting back and narrowed the score to 21-17; however, a run by the Lady Bruins ending the set 25-20.
In the second set, the Bruins continued putting pressure on the Lady Royals as they scored five straight points. After an error, Danielle Quesinberry went back to the service line and scored seven points making the score 7-5. The two teams switched points with the Royals last four points coming from two kills and two aces to take the second set 25-19.
The third set, the Lady Royals could not find the momentum from the previous set as the Lady Bruins took a 7-1 run and finished the set 21-19 and a 2-1 advantage.
With the match on the ropes, the Lady Royals were not ready to give in and built a small cushion with a score of 15-11. However, the Lady Bruins kept fighting back and took the lead 23-18. Again, Danielle Quesinberry came back to the service line and served seven straight points to make it 25-23.
Building from the previous set momentum, the Lady Royals jumped out to a 6-3 lead and took advantage of some errors by the Lady Bruins. The Lady Royals finished the set 15-9 and took the match 3-2. "It was great seeing the girls not give up throughout this match. We continued to fight back when we were down. I am proud of the team working together to get this win. We are working on a new offense and defense this year, hopefully getting more play will help us eliminate our errors," stated Coach Vannoy.
The Royals will be in action Tuesday night when the host the first home opener against Georgia Northwestern Technical College at 6:30 p.m.