Strong start: Volleyball starts two-a-days, scrimmages

Sarah Dykowski
Sports Writer

The Lady Lions are diving into another season even before the first school bell rings with two-a-day practices and a busy schedule of scrimmages and preseason games. 
What was a very young team last year is hoping to, this season, present a more seasoned front, and they’re off to a strong start, head coach Ryan Lewis said.
On Tuesday, the team pushed to five sets their first game against Hico, losing 24-20, 26-24 and 15-9. 
“The difference in the game was consistency” Lewis said. “Hico was very consistent and we had too many missed serves and hitting errors. We will fix the unforced errors and then the game will have a different outcome in the future.”
Dublin won the third set 25-22 and the fourth 25-14.
“I was really impressed with our defense,” Lewis said. “Camry Porter and Yakelin Morantes did a great job leading the defense. We did some good things offensively and are beginning to find our groove there. We have several girls playing new positions this year and they are doing a great job learning the new positions.”
The team scored 103 points total in the game, two more than Hico. 
Bailey Noel hit double digits with 10 kills. She also added six aces.
Yakelin Morantes scooped a whopping 27 digs.
Jordyn Ricks made 19 assists, four aces and 14 digs.
Maeleigh Geijsel led in blocks with five. 
Addison Stout made nine kills and 13 digs.
The girls won six out of eight sets on Saturday in Breckenridge, where they played 20-minutes games against Munday, Breckenridge, Albany and Mineral Wells. 
They played several unscored games on Friday.

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