High School Sports

Top-ranked Lexington falls at No. 2 Dorman

Anyone questioning whether Dorman would be able to replace four starters off of last year’s team shouldn’t anymore.

The second-ranked Cavaliers dropped the first game to No. 1 Lexington, but rebounded by winning the next two to defeat the Wildcats 2-1 Wednesday night at Dorman in a matchup between the top two Class 4A volleyball teams in the state.

The Cavaliers fell behind 17-12 in the final game, but chipped away at Lexington’s lead before winning eight of the final nine points to take Game-3 25-22.

“That match was a testemant to their character. We were down several points, and I was just so proud that we were able to get the win,” Dorman coach Paula Kirkland said.

“They have the No. 1 ranking right now, and it’s a very deserved ranking. I feel really good about where we are at this point in the season if we can hang with a team like that.”

Dorman dropped the first game 25-23, but won Game-2 25-21 before the decisive third game.

Stephanie Palmer led the way for the Cavaliers, finishing with 10 kills and seven aces.

“It felt great. We were all mentally and physically ready (to win),” Palmer said.

Milana Mervosa added eight kills for Dorman.

Kellie Schmidt led Lexington with 23 kills, while Laura Grace Swindler finished with 31 assists. Schmidt and Swindler both finished with eight digs for the Wildcats.

“We had a lot of chances to win, but ultimately the team that makes the most plays wins, and Dorman made the most plays,” Lexington coach Chee Lee said.

“We’re hoping to play them again, and the only way we can do that is to play them in the championship,” Lee said. “It was a great high school volleyball game, and it was nice to watch these two teams perform.”

Lexington and Dorman also faced Southside Christian on the night with both teams defeating the Sabres 2-0.