The Gainesville volleyball team made the most of its second district
game Tuesday, coming back from two sets down to earn a 3-2 home
victory against Krum.
After falling 18-25 in each of the first two sets, the Lady Leopards
(18-15-1, 2-0) rebounded with a strong start in the third set and
never looked back, winning 25-17, 25-17 and 15-9 to earn the victory.
Whytneigh Duffie led the way for GHS in one of her strongest games of
the season, notching 15 kills, 11 digs and six blocks.
But it did not come easy at the start. After the teams traded blows to
begin the first set, the Bobcats pulled ahead to gain a 10-4 edge.
Gainesville came as close as 12-9 after kills from Brittany Royal and
Ariannah Kemp, but Krum scored six of the final nine points down the
stretch to secure a 25-18 victory.
The momentum of the opening win sparked Krum in the second game, as
the Bobcats stormed out to a 7-0 advantage. Gainesville got on the
board after Krum hit a serve out of bounds and cut the lead to 7-4
when KHS couldn’t handle a serve from Duffie.
The Bobcats responded immediately, winning the 16 of the next 25 points to take a 23-13
lead. Gainesville then won four straight points to cut the lead to
six, but it was not meant to be, as Krum took the match minutes later
when the Lady Leopards failed the clear the net on a response to a
With their backs against the wall, the Lady Leopards did not waver.
GHS opened the third set by taking a 9-2 lead following kills from
Kemp, Royal and Sabrina Kennedy and never looked back, leading the
entire set in a 25-17 win. Kemp made her presence felt throughout the
set, earning three of her nine kills.
It was more of the same for Gainesville early on in the fourth game.
The Lady Leopards started strong to take a 12-7 lead, but Krum threatened by coming back to tie the game at 14. Kennedy rose to the occasion, helping Gainesville retake the lead with a kill during the
next point and notched two more kills in the final minutes of the set.
Gainesville refused to give the lead back, going on a 10-4 run to win
25-18 and tie the game at 2-2.
GHS took Krum’s best shot at the start of the fifth and final set, but
the Lady Leopards would not be denied. Nursing a 7-6 lead, Gainesville
used kills from Duffie, Kennedy and Royal to gain a 14-9 lead and
clinched its second district win when Krum hit a volley out of bounds.
Royal finished the night with 11 kills, four blocks and five digs,
while Kennedy notched nine kills and five blocks. Kemp added nine
kills and three blocks and Payton Cassidy finished with 16 digs and
The Gainesville freshmen team lost 17-25, 16-25. The Lady Leopards
junior varsity squad fell 19-25, 18-25.
GHS will return to action at 5 p.m. next Tuesday when the Lady
Leopards visit Sanger.