The Gilmer High School Lady Bobcats volleyball team has dropped four of the last six matches, pulling out wins over Rabun and Rockmart. The Lady “Cats” have been clipped twice by the Fannin, along with losses to Lumpkin, Heritage and Harris.
The Lady “Cats” clawed out “Cats” on “Cats” victory, with a 2-1 (21-25, 25-15, 15-10) win over Rabun. Emily Sanford led Gilmer with seven Aces, while Kayleigh Reece led with eight kills, Kali Malham followed closely with six kills. Brook Sims, Reece and Malham, each had a single block, while Jordan Luczynski had a whopping 15 assists.
The Lady “Cats” got clipped by the Fannin Lady Rebels in straight sets, in the first of two times facing Fannin in one week, (20-24, 7-25). Reece led with three Aces, followed by Megan Allen with two. Sims led with five kills while Luczynski led with seven assists. Reece also led the team with 10 digs.
Gilmer fell to Fannin again, 2-1 (25-10, 25-27, 15-10). Sanford and Delaney Deloach tied for the team lead with four Aces each, while Sims led with 10 kills. Malham led with three blocks. Sanford finished with 25 digs and Luczynski led with 15 assists.
Head coach, Donna Parks, despite the loss was pleased with the way her team seemed to jell in the early parts of the match.
“We played together the best so far this year for the first two games in this match. [We] just couldn’t finish it in the third game.
The Lady “Cats” lumped Lumpkin in straight sets (26-24, 25-19), despite falling behind 24-15 in set one. The “Cats” closed out with an 11-0 run to clinch the set. Sanford and DeLoach each had two Aces, while Sims and Sanford each led with four kills. Kayleigh Reece finished with two blocks, and Emily Reece and Luczynski had finished with 10 digs and assists respectively.
Heritage’s Lady General’s gave Gilmer fits, pulling out a 2-1 (25-23, 17-25, 6-15) win at the claws of the “Cats.”
Sims and Delaney led with two Aces each in the loss. Sanford led with seven kills followed closely by Sims with six. Sims also led with the team in blocks with two. Emily Reece finished with 11 digs, while Luczynski led again with 14 assists.
Parks again felt her team played well early before falling in the latter sets.
“Again, we played great together for the first game of the match. This was the first game we defeated Heritage in a very long time. They figured out our defense and started pounded on us in the second game.”
Harris hounded the “Cats” clinching a straight set (19-25, 11-25) win. Gilmer was simply outmatched, as coach Parks explained the level of competition provided by Harris, combined with the long day simply wore her team out.
“This team came from Columbus, GA. They are in the same Region with Columbus High School, the team we played in first round of state last year. The coach said they were always trading wins back and forth when he played them. Our girls played hard, but the day was getting long and we started running tired. “
Sims and Sanford each had one Ace each and three kills each. Sims and Kayleigh Reece each finished with two blocks. Sanford led with 10 digs while Luczynski again led with five assists.
Coach Parks also spoke about Luczynski’s role in the offense and the pressure being put her assist leader.
“We have put a lot on Jordan's plate by playing the 5-1 offense. That means she is the sole setter on the floor and is constantly moving to get to balls and make good sets. She has stepped up to the challenge.”
The Lady “Cats” will next face Southeast Whitfield and Sonoraville at SEW on August 28th starting at 5pm.