XENIA — A strong service game and a balanced attack earned visiting Troy Christian a 25-14, 25-15, 25-13 girls high school volleyball win over Legacy Christian Academy in Thursday’s Sept. 13 Metro Buckeye Conference match.
Nearly a third of the visiting Eagles’ points came directly off their serves, as the host Knights sent 22 returns of serve left and right into the stands.
Unofficially, Lauren Montgomery and Alli Winger each bashed a pair of service aces, while Eagles teammates Emily Baker and Jalyn Forrer hit one each. Baker and Kristen Rodrigues led Troy Christian with five kills apiece, Sarah Johnson hit four kills and Montgomery hit three.
Eagles coach Joshua Thomas wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from his team in Thursday night’s match. They’d lost a close match to MBC foe Emmanuel Christian on Sept. 11, and Thomas said they didn’t have a very good practice on Wednesday.
“We had a lot of things that we had to deal with, but the girls came out and played motivated and just got the job done. I’m really proud of the progress my setter, Lauren Montgomery, is making. But what’s awesome about tonight is that the team as a whole played well. … It was nice to see them all show up on the same night to play volleyball.”
Legacy Christian coach Amy Pickens wanted to talk with her team in the Knights locker room imediately after the match, and so she differed the interview duties to her husband/assistant coach Scott Pickens.
The Knights head baseball coach said that, despite a lot of talent on the volleyball team, theirinexperience was costly against Troy Christian.
“There’s a lot of talent here, but six of 10 girls on this team are freshmen,” he said. “Two seniors, and a lot of talent. But they were just tentative tonight. They swing through serves and overheads in practice, but didn’t do that in the game. There’s a big difference between hitting it hard in practice and doing the same thing on game day. I think they realized that tonight.”
Renee Fear led the Knights with three kills, Layne Burke bashed two kills while Kaitlyn Crawford, Rylanne Burdette and Savannah Surls each hit one. Maria Uszynski hit a service ace and Burdette also came up with a block.
LCA is now 1-7 overall this season, 1-5 in the MBC. Troy Christian climbs to 6-4 overall, 4-1 MBC.
Both teams get back into action at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. Troy Christian will host Springfield Northwestern then, while LCA hosts Fairborn.
Contact John Bombatch at 937-372-4444, Ext. 2123.