Lady Pioneers earn split


The Jonathan Alder volleyball team split a pair of home matches this week, dropping a non-league affair Wednesday, but bouncing back to pick up a Central Buckeye Conference win Thursday which kept the Pioneers undefeated in league play.

In the four-set match against visiting Worthington Kilbourne the Pioneers struggled with communication as the Wolves won 27-25, 25-19, 24-26, 25-21. Alder made uncharacteristic miscues against the Wolves and couldn’t recover.

The team however didn’t dwell on the setback, Alder shook off a slow start against Northwestern the next night and won in straight sets 25-22, 25-20, 25-10.

“We started out slow, but hit our groove by the second set,” coach Kim Hayes said.

With the win the Lady Pioneers moved to 3-0 in league play. The team will next host Kenton Ridge Tuesday, Sept. 12, in a clash of two of the best teams in the CBC.

In the win over Northwestern Ava Francis led in kills with nine, while Kortney Reynolds had eight. McKenzie Wright had 15 assists.

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Jonathan Alder’s Kayleigh Hall makes a play on the ball during the Lady Pioneers loss to visiting Worthington Kilbourne.
http://www.madison-press.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/09/web1_JDG_3810a_-JAHS-No-7-K-Hall.jpgJonathan Alder’s Kayleigh Hall makes a play on the ball during the Lady Pioneers loss to visiting Worthington Kilbourne. Jay Gehres | Gehres Photography

By Chris Miles

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