The Gainesville volleyball team picked up its third district win of the season Tuesday night, beating the Bridgeport Sissies in straight sets at the GHS gym.
The Lady Leopards (19-17-1, 3-2) broke a two-match district losing streak by beating BHS 25-16, 27-25, 25-13,GHS got off to a strong start in the first set, using five consecutive service points from Ariannah Kemp and three from Whytneigh Duffie to earn the nine-point victory. Kills from Duffie, Payton Cassidy, Hannah
Gerken and Sabrina Kennedy guided Gainesville to the first set win.
Gainesville looked to cruise through the second set, but Bridgeport did not make things easy at the end. GHS jumped out to a 20-11 lead and was on the verge of victory after kills from Duffie and Chandler Kemp, but struggled to finish the game.
Bridgeport rallied with eight straight points to take a 25-24 lead before a Duffie kill squared things up at 25. Bridgeport initially appeared to have won the set after a Gainesville ball was called out of bounds, but the call was reversed and Gainesville stayed alive.
The Lady Leopards took full advantage. Brittany Royal helped Gainesville regain the lead and Gerken served the final point for GHS, which was won when Bridgeport couldn’t handle a ball hit by Ariannah
Kemp in the center of the net. GHS and Bridgeport again traded blows early on to start the third set,
with the Lady Leopards earning a 7-4 and BHS responding with a 6-0 run of its own. Madyson Cassidy helped Gainesville recover, serving 10-straight points, with Kennedy, Duffie, Ashley Smith and Payton Cassidy recording kills along the way. The team ended the match on an 18-3 run
to clinch the win.
The Gainesville junior varsity squad also came out on top, winning 25-19, 25-18. The freshmen team fell in its match, falling the BHS 25-22, 25-15.
GHS will return to action at 5 p.m. Friday against Sanger at the GHS gym.