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Lady Lion volleyball tops Terrell in home opener

Playing its lone home game in the entire first month of the season, Lady Lion volleyball certainly wanted to put on a winning performance in front of its fans.
Ennis (3-3) delivered on Tuesday night at the Sixth Grade Center with a sound victory over the Terrell Tigers: 25-18, 19-25, 25-16 and 25-20. With vocal Terrell fans and a large crew of Lady Lion supporters, there was an intense atmosphere throughout the contest.
“It was huge to win this match in front of our fans,” said coach Kim Vernor.
“The girls can get nervous in front of their friends and family, but it’s important for me to see how they respond.”
Junior Ashley Lewis played extremely well in the closeout game as she drilled the match-winning hit.
“We’ve never had fans that into a game and it was hard to concentrate at times, but also a lot of fun,” Lewis said.
“It’s big to win our first home game and we can still improve our teamwork out there.”
Ennis ran neck-and-neck with the Tigers throughout most of the first game as Tina Anderson (three) and Shirley Wilson each found some success with tips. Lewis produced some strong serves and Anderson blasted a huge kill for a 14-11 lead, but Terrell battled back to 16-16. Anderson had an answer with consecutive aces to force a Tiger timeout and the maroon team finished on a roll thanks to Allie Rokas (block, tip) and Lewis (two kills).
“Tina has been a player we can go to all season and I’m very pleased with the way she’s playing,” Vernor said.
“She’s getting serious out there and I like that. Allie is at her best when she’s playing confident. Her passing is great and the blocks keep coming.”
Ennis fell in a 1-7 hole to begin game two before four-straight Charlene Fernandez service points helped the home team pull within 6-7. Anderson showed a different aspect of her skill set in the game with a great dig and she also chased a ball down at the back wall to keep a point alive. While she, Lewis and Rokas all had kills in the game, Terrell rebuilt a comfortable lead and held on for the 25-19 win.
“Our service errors really came at critical times and we’ve got to be more consistent,” the coach said in regard to some serving issues in the game two loss.
“Charlene’s serve is a change from our jump servers and it gives teams trouble.”
Terrell opened game three with an ace on an Ennis miscommunication, but the Lady Lions stayed right there early thanks to a Lewis ace and a Wilson kill. Tips by Anderson and Rokas helped Ennis build a small lead and an Anderson ace at 10-6 brought the Lion crowd to a roar.
Despite a Lewis kill and a Hodges tip, the Tigers were hanging tough as they drew within 15-14. A point that saw Anderson follow a Lewis dig with a kill made it 19-16 and Fernandez then rolled off six-straight service points – including two aces – to close out the game 25-16.
“Lauren is trying to show me how effective she can be with her tips and tonight she delivered,” Vernor said.
“She also did a good job of setting, but there’s always room for improvement. Charlene stepped right in off the bench and did what I needed from her tonight.”
A pair of Lewis aces and a Whitney Quick ace gave Ennis a 6-2 lead early in game four, yet Terrell was determined to go down fighting as it shot in front for an 11-8 advantage. As the two teams traded points on the way to 25, a variety of Lady Lions were chipping in: Rokas – tip, Lewis – kill, Wilson – block and Anderson – tip.
Up 21-19, Ennis finished with some flair as Lewis blasted consecutive kills. A big Rokas block gave the Lady Lions match point and Lewis did the honors with a strong hit to seal the deal, 25-20.
“I need those blocks from Allie and that one was huge,” Vernor said.
“Ashley knows I expect her to take care of business up front and with her serving. She showed what she’s capable of at the end and it was big for our team.”
“I thought my serving could’ve been better in the beginning, but it was good to do well at the end and I’ve improved since last year,” Lewis said.
“It’s exciting to get some kills that help us close out a win.”
Ennis will now begin play in the Waco Robinson Tournament on Friday.
“This is all preparation for district,” Vernor said.
“I see us taking steps and we’ve got athletic kids who want to do well.”

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