High School Sports

Volleyball: Lexington thins crowd at top of 5-4A standings

Of late, things seem to be falling into place for Chee Lee’s Lexington volleyball team.

The Wildcats handed White Knoll its first loss in Region 5-4A play last Thursday in the final round of the region campaign’s first half, finished second at the prestigious Tournament of Championship hosted by Dorman over the weekend and opened the second half of conference play on Tuesday with a tough 3-2 win over Aiken, avenging a 3-2 loss to the Green Hornets in the region opener back on Sept. 2.

Aiken put the pressure on by winning the first and third games (25-17, 25-22), but the Wildcats (25-14, 25-18) responded with wins in the second and fourth games. In the short, decisive fifth game, Lexington quickly fell into a 9-3 hole, but stormed back to prevail. After pulling even at 13-13, the Wildcats scored a point to go ahead and watched an Aiken hit sail off course to close out the key win.

Setter Laura Grace Swindler finished the match with 33 assists and three kills, while Kellie Schmidt keyed the attack with 16 kills. Jenna Hoppe and Metta Price stepped up with 12 kills apiece. Hoppe also was credited with two aces and two blocks. Libero Carita Petta had two kills and a team high 12 digs. Schmidt also excelled on the back row with 11 digs.

Lexington (7-1) now shares first place in the region with White Knoll. Aiken (6-2) dropped to third place, one game ahead of Dutch Fork.