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October 3, 2012

VOLLEYBALL: Gainesville overcomes furious Sanger rally

GAINESVILLE — It wasn’t easy but the Lady Leopards got it done.

Gainesville overcame a two-set comeback by Sanger to beat the Lady Indians 25-17, 25-22, 21-25, 22-25, 15-11 in a District 9-3A matchup between the two longtime rivals.

The Lady Leopards (28-7, 2-1) were four points away from a sweep in the third set with a four point lead before the Lady Indians rallied for eight consecutive points to continue the closely contested match.

Sanger (1-2 in District 9-3A play) carried the momentum from the third set into the next two sets, outscoring the Lady Leopards 50-43 in the process.

The crucial final set was all Lady Leopards as they jumped out to a 10-3 lead, thanks in large part by four straight service points from Kiarah Manuel.

The win keeps the Lady Leopards undefeated at home with an 11-0 record on the season.

Manuel led the Lady Leopards with nine kills and a block. Ariannah Kemp had seven blocks and eight kills.

Gainesville controlled the game from the outset. The Lady Leopards never trailed in the first set, taking a five point lead midway through the stanza on a point from Zhanice Lane.

Sanger committed four consecutive errors to close out the first set to give the Lady Leopards a 25-17 win.

The second set was a bit more contested. Sanger took a 12-10 lead before Leopard coach Laura Mehl took a timeout.

Following the timeout, Lane helped the Lady Leopards to three consecutive service points, including an ace to reclaim the lead.

Gainesville would continue to rally, taking a four point lead late in

the set on a Brittany Royal kill that made it 22-18.

Gainesville will host Krum at 5 p.m. Friday.

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