The Lady Falcons put their attitude to the test Wednesday in sweeping Dobyns-Bennett 27-25, 25-20, 25-17 in interstate volleyball action.
“It’s nice because we don’t really rotate around to have too much of a weak rotation,” said Abingdon coach Rachel Kopp. “We kind of come right back with more, and that’s tough. We’ve played against teams like that before, and that’s hard when you never get a break from an offensive line. We’re kind of doing that right now to people.
“That’s big. That’s a big win for us,” the coach said. “That’s a lot of points for us, and it’s just good for us moving forward.”
Two-thirds of the Lady Falcons’ points came from their front-line attack and defense at the net.
Of Abingdon’s 77 points scored in the three-set sweep, 41 points came from kills, while nine more were registered from blocks.
Katie Harless led the front-line attack for Abingdon (13-2) with 18 kills and two blocks. She also added nine digs.
Morgan Blevins had 10 kills and 15 digs for the Lady Falcons, while Cassie Farley added nine kills, three blocks and nine digs.
Emme Thompson added 32 assists and eight digs for Abingdon. Lacie Bertke added 21 digs to the Lady Falcons’ defensive effort.
Dobyns-Bennett (12-6) got eight kills and two blocks from Meg Maynor, while Sithney Wolfe and Jordan Guthrie had four kills apiece for the Lady Indians. Wolfe also had a block for Dobyns-Bennett.
Rylee Waye added two service aces for the Lady Indians.
LOTS OF GRIT
The two teams battled back and forth in the first set, exchanging point for point most of the way.
The Lady Falcons broke the 25-25 tie and took the two-point win on a dink from Harless, followed by a back-line kill from Harless.
Dobyns-Bennett seemed to be on the way to evening things up in the second set.
The Lady Indians used an 8-1 scoring run to build a 17-9 lead. But Abingdon battled back and outscored Dobyns-Bennett 16-3 down the stretch to take the win.
“I just love the fight that they show out there,” Lady Indians coach Haley Price said of the Lady Falcons. “Abingdon is so notorious for that level of fight, and that’s exactly what we needed to face at this point of the season because that’s what my team is lacking.
“We have no grit, there’s no passion, they’re not pushing themselves out of the box. When we’re facing adversity and we’re facing injuries like we are, and like what we have been since the beginning of the season, they’ve got to step up and show that level of passion.”
In the third set, Abingdon took control early and did not let up. That was a plus for Kopp, who has watched her team relax a little too much when it gets ahead.
“We were trying to keep ourselves from having that third set whatever goes on for us and just really trying to attack. I think we did pretty good with that. We let up a little in the end, but we were still in control and we’re able to finish,” said Kopp.
Dobyns-Bennett is back in action Thursday with a trip to Volunteer, while Abingdon is off until Tuesday, when the Lady Falcons host Lee High.