Rivalry Spurs Lions Into Comeback

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Jada Outland, Sport Reporter

CARTERVILLE – In a dramatic three sets, the Carterville Lions Volleyball team won their second home game of the season against the Herrin Tigers. To start the match, Herrin beat the Lions with a score of 25-22. The Lady Lions went back out on the court determined to take set two, which they achieved by a score of 25-17. This rallied their momentum into taking the third set, 25-14. 

Junior Addie Wallace started the match off with an ace against the Tigers. After that, the Lions were behind for most of the first set, but Maryn Vaughn, junior, got a kill to tie the game at 15. Right after, the Tigers went on a four-point run, forcing head coach Nathan Emrick to call a timeout.  After the pause, the Lions fought to get the ball back and kept their energy high, despite dropping set one.

The loss spurred the Lions into the second set, rushing out to a 6-0 lead. Senior Erin Hunsaker had multiple aces that helped the Lions stay on top. In total, the team served up 13 aces. Carterville kept the lead for most of the game and capped off the second set to tie the night at one apiece. 

In the last set, the Lions started off strong and kept their momentum going which led to their victory.  It could be inferred the home crowd played a large part in their success, as the Carterville Crazies had a strong showing. 

Senior Bella Mavigliano had a team-leading 13 kills against the Tigers. Amanda Howerton, senior, and Regan Eigenrauch, sophomore, weren’t far behind with 8 kills each. Vaughn also had a total of 7 kills throughout the game. The team setters Mavigliano and Wallace were on-point with the sets the entire night, making it easy for the hitters to do damage. Wallace had a total of 25 assists and Mavigliano was right behind with 18. 

The Lions will play at Benton on Thursday, September 2. The Varsity game will begin around 7:00.