The Athens Review
The Athens Lady Hornets proved they can bounce back from a tough streak of volleyball with a dominating win over the Mineola Yellow Jackets Tuesday night at AHS Gymnasium.
Coach Liz Ramsey’s team swept Mineola by scores of 25-6, 27-25 and 25-15.
The Lady Hornets are now 10-15 overall and 2-4 in District 15-3A play. AHS also snapped a four-match losing streak.
They will begin the second half of district play Friday night at No. 6-ranked Van Lady Vandals. The freshman and junior varsity are set to begin at 4:30 p.m.
The Lady Hornets win over Mineola was also the annual Pink Out game for cancer research as fans in the crowd wore pink t-shirts provided by Athens Screen Printing.
Athens won the district opener in five games over the Yellow Jackets back on Sept. 24 in Mineola.
Game 2 was the one that proved the will of the Lady Hornets as they were needing one point to put the game away.
Mineola was down 24-22 following a block, but Mineola found an opening and tied the game up at 24-24.
After a kill by Mineola gave them their first lead of the game, Athens battled back to regain the lead on the serving of senior Krystal Davis.
Davis was able to put the game away with a nicely placed ace for the 27-25 finale.
Athens was able to open up the match with a ferocious Game 1 behind extended service runs from Cari Aguilera, Davis and Elizabeth Hilliard.
The trio combined for nine service aces in the 25-6 Game 1 victory.
The Lady Hornets also had strong play at the net from Sarah Red — with three kills — along with Hannah Feinsod, Hilliard and Alexandria Gatlin.
In Game 3, the Lady Hornets once again put together strong play at the line as Hilliard once again went on a long service run.
The senior recorded four aces during a seven point service run which ended with the Lady Hornets up, 17-9.
Following a kill by Aguilera, Hadley Cain gave the Lady Hornets a four point service run with an ace during the run.
Athens also had three kills from Red and a kill from Aguilera.
A bad serve by Mineola ended the game at 25-15.
Tuesday night’s game was the final home game for the Lady Hornets before a two-game home stand Oct. 25 against Mabank and Oct. 29 against Canton.