Serving up an ace

GHS sophomore Liz Green prepares a serve during the Lady Leopards' three-set victory against S&S Consolidated Tuesday night at the GHS Gymnasium.

The Gainesville volleyball got back over .500 with ease Tuesday night, cruising to a three set win against S&S Consolidated at the GHS Gymnasium.

GHS (6-5) led the entire way, opening with a 25-21 win, taking a two-set lead with a 25-14 victory and clinching the match by winning the third set 25-15.

In the first set, the teams stayed close early on before Gainesville went on a 5-1 run to pull ahead 17-11. S&S cut the deficit to one by scoring five straight points, but Brittany Royal stopped the run with a kill right up the middle of the court. GHS stayed ahead for the remainder of the set, and Angelica Naredo secured the win with an ace.

Gainesville jumped ahead early in the second set, scoring the first four points. Chandler Kemp gave GHS its first two points with a kill and a block. The Lady Rams came back to tie things at five, but the Lady Leopards again had answer, scoring the next seven points. After S&S Consolidated broke the streak with a kill, Royal and Mary Gerken notched back to back kills. Royal then served up an ace and Gerken put GHS ahead 16-6 with a kill assisted by Macy Cassidy.

As the Lady Rams struggled to return Gainesville’s serves, the Lady Leopards secured a comfortable 23-9 edge. S&S Consolidated make a small run with five of the next six points before Gainesville won the set on a bad Lady Rams serve.

Gerken and Liz Green had aces early in the third set. Kemp served three straight and Brittany Royal notched a kill to help GHS go ahead 9-2. The Lady Rams cut the lead to one, but Green served six straight points en route to Gainesville taking a 20-14 lead. Kemp notched a late ace and the Lady Leopards claimed the match when S&S Consolidated couldn’t return the serve during the match point.

GHS will return to action today in the Whitesboro Tournament. GHS will face Christ Academy at 3 p.m., Pottsboro at 4 p.m. and Whitewright at 7 p.m.

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