WATSON -- The Live Oak volleyball team gave its soon-to-be graduates one heck of a present on Senior Night.

In the last home match of the regular season, the Lady Eagles celebrated their five-member senior class by rolling through district foe Woodlawn in straight sets on Monday at C.B. Wheat Gymnasium.

Live Oak (15-8, 6-2) began the night with a ceremony honoring its senior players — Kelsey Miller, Kendall Theriot, Brennen Parker, Sophie Nolan and Abby Etheridge — who earned nothing but praise from first-year coach Madison Vige.

“We’ve been talking about leadership all season long and about how we need leaders on the court,” Vige said. “It’s been awesome to see these five seniors step up and be leaders in every way, in the classroom and on the court. This has been a great group of seniors.”

Once the first whistle blew, it was business as usual for the feisty Lady Eagles, who clawed their way to a second sweep in as many games.

“Effort level is something completely controllable and something you can bring every game,” Miller said. “So we try to be really scrappy, even if we’re not that talented.”

LOHS swept the season series against Woodlawn (18-15, 5-3), winning both games in straight sets. After winning by a total of 11 points in the first meeting, the Lady Eagles dominated in two of the three sets played Monday, winning the first and third sets by 13 and 10 points, respectively.

“(Woodlawn is) a good team,” said Theriot, who tallied four assists and three aces. “We just came out and tried our best to fill our holes and read the court.”

Tied 1-1, LOHS went on a 6-0 run to quickly gain control of the first set, punctuated by three consecutive kills from Parker and sophomore Olivia Betz. Eleven first-set errors kept the Lady Panthers from mounting any sort of a comeback, and the Lady Eagles ultimately took the set, 25-12.

The match heated up in the second set, when it was Woodlawn’s turn to benefit from the other team’s mistakes. Live Oak fell behind 10-3 — thanks to eight errors — before slowly chipping away at the Lady Panthers’ lead.

Miller and Etheridge netted three straight kills to jolt an 8-0 run that put Live Oak ahead, 11-10. The teams then swapped four leads before the Lady Eagles reeled off six straight to grab an 18-13 advantage.

Woodlawn wouldn’t go away, pulling within one after a LOHS error made the score 22-21. But the Lady Eagles responded with three straight points — an Etheridge kill and two aces from Theriot — to claim the set, 25-21 and a 2-0 lead in the match.

The third set mirrored the first more than the second, with Live Oak winning comfortably, 25-15.

Six LOHS players collected a kill in the match, with five of the six collecting multiple kills. In her last home game, Miller racked up a game-high nine kills to go with three assists and a couple of aces. Betz finished with seven kills and a game-high eight assists, and Parker had six kills to go with a pair of blocks.

“It’s bittersweet being a senior,” Miller said. “It’s your last year so you think about how you want to be remembered. This is the last year you can leave your legacy.”

Last week the Lady Eagles swept Belaire 25-11, 25-14, 25-10. That win gave LOHS sole possession of second place.

Vige praised her squad for regrouping after dropping a pair of narrow matches last week.

“They’re still fighting back,” Vige said. “They haven’t given up on each other. They keep pushing each other to be better. They continue to encourage and motivate each other.”

Live Oak closes the regular season with three road games, beginning at Broadmoor at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Live Oak (15-8, 6-2 in Division II, District 3)

The Live Oak volleyball team rebounded from a two-game losing streak by cruising to a pair of straight-set wins last week.

The Lady Eagles swept Belaire last Wednesday before downing district opponent Woodlawn in three sets Monday. Live Oak outscored both Belaire and Woodlawn by 11.6 points per set, winning by double digits in five of the six sets.

The district win Wednesday gave the Lady Eagles sole possession of second place in the Division II, District 3 standings with three regular season games remaining.

First-year coach Madison Vige praised her squad for regrouping after dropping a pair of narrow matches last week.

“They’re still fighting back,” Vige said. “They haven’t given up on each other. They keep pushing each other to be better. They continue to encourage and motivate each other.”  

(1) comment

Chenevert

Grats to the LOHS team! great job ladies!

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