Submitted by Robert E. Lee Volleyball
The Lancers were roughed up on the road at Annandale, losing in straight sets to the much-improved Atoms 21-25, 14-25 and 17-25. Lee seemed out of sync from the very beginning. The Lancers were in a position to win the first set after shaky play and missed serves from both teams, but while Annandale got on track, closing out the first set, Lee continued to struggle. Senior outside hitter Yasmin Alexander led the Lancer offense with six kills and two service aces. Junior Fernanda Moco was a bright spot off the bench, leading the team with four digs and junior middle hitter Jina Nkrumah continued her improvement with two aces and several good plays that didn’t show up in the stat sheet. Senior middle hitter Sophia Okorn had two kills, two aces, four digs and one solo block, while senior setter Fernanda Rojas handed out seven assists, had three digs and two kills. The Lancers hope to turn things around when they host Edison on Thursday.
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Submitted By R.E. Lee Volleyball
Moral victories stink because they still count as a loss, but Lee played by far its best overall match of the season. The Lancers fell to the visiting Washington-Lee Generals 20-25 / 25-23 / 13-25 / 17-25. The first set left the fans in the gym thinking what could have been. The Lancers got off to a fantastic start, building and holding a lead of 20-18, that’s when the team started playing “not to lose,” abandoned the aggression that got them there and gave up 7 straight points to lose the first set. But they didn’t stay down for long, storming back to take a thrilling 25-23 victory in set 2. Then the Lancers built on that momentum starting set 3 with a 7-0 run before slowly letting the Generals creep back into the game. Washington-Lee went on to wear down the Lancer defense with their jump float serves, tips and quick hits, but Lee never gave up, getting valuable contributions from starters and role players off the bench all night long. Junior setter Jazlyn Alexander played the best match yet of her young varsity career. She led the team in aces with 3, handed out 6 assists, had 4 digs and 3 kills of her own. Her sister senior outside hitter Yasmin Alexander had 4 kills and 2 aces. Senior setter Fernanda Rojas had 7 assists and 4 digs. Senior middle hitter Sophia Okorn led the Lancer attack with 6 kills but she had plenty of help – from the Alexander sisters and from middle hiiters Hayley Knapp and Jina Nkumrah, who each tallied 2 kills and played great in the front row. The Lancers lost a tough one, but their coaches are proud of the effort and hope to build on that intensity and aggressiveness as Lee hits the road Tuesday and travels to Jeb Stuart.
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