High School Volleyball

Landmark holds off Newnan in sweep; Lady Cougars split tri-match

by Doug Gorman

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Newnan split two matches at home on Tuesday, defeating Luella, but falling to Landmark Christian. 

Newnan volleyball coach Leslie Fant was expecting a sweep Tuesday evening.

Instead, she had to settle for a split as her squad dropped its first match of the day to Landmark Christian (25-18, 25-16), but recovered to beat Luella (25-13, 25-15).

She had plenty of reason to be optimistic.

Two weeks ago, the Lady Cougars swept Landmark.

In Tuesday's rematch, however, it was the Lady War Eagles' turn. Landmark also defeated Luella 25-19, 25-14, led by Cameron Dobbs' 22 kills.

Nola Richardson led the Lady War Eagles with four blocks while Alleigh Wettstein and Cameron Dobbs each finished with 18 digs. 'We were hoping for a better performance against Landmark,' Fant said. 'I am happy we got the split, but I am not thrilled because we should have played better.'

The Lady Cougars quickly regrouped against the Lady Lions to salvage the split and move the team's record to 10-4.

Jenni Young was the catalyst for the Lady Cougars against Luella, finishing the two sets with 11 kills. Olivia Masonheimer had three kills and Ansley Knight two.

Captain Tiffany Maes, who is still fighting her way back from a knee injury which sidelined her for most of last season, had nine assists.

'It's great to have her back,' Fant said. 'She has worked so hard to get healthy again, and we need her.'

In the first set against Luella, the Lady Cougars shook off five ties against a determined Lady Lions team. Luella tied the game for the final time at 13 before Newnan closed out the opening game on a 12-0 run starting with a kill from Young.

After several ties early in the second set, including the final one at 8-8, Newnan again pulled away, building a 15-9 advantage.

Newnan fought hard against Landmark in the first match of the day, pulling to within one several times, including an 8-7 deficit in the opening game thanks to kills from Olivia Massenheimer. Landmark had built a 6-1 lead in the first set, with setter Betsy Burson on her way to a combined 48 assists and 20 aces.

Maggie Darracott kept several points alive with digs throughout the match with Landmark.

The Lady Cougars made their final run of the first set when they cut the lead to 19-16.

Newnan trimmed the lead to one point against Landmark three times early in the second set.

A kill from Young helped keep the Lady Cougars close early in the second set, cutting the lead to 7-6. But it was as close as Newnan came.

Ansley Knight kept the Lady Cougars in the match with Landmark with two aces.

Newnan returns to the f loor Thursday when it plays at home against Northside Columbus and Sandy Creek while Landmark hosts Pinecrest and Starr's Mill.

We are going to get it together,' Fant said. 'There are some things that we are still trying to figure out, but we are getting there.'



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