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7th Lady Lion A-team puts DeSoto West away in two

Ennis looks strong in final 2008 home contest
Players on the seventh grade Lady Lion volleyball A-team’s roster didn’t enter the action at their usual times on Monday, but their usual victory was still in the cards.
Ennis moved to 11-2 on the season with a two-game sweep over DeSoto West: 25-16 and 25-15.
“I didn’t fill out the top of my lineup sheet, so our ‘twos’ started tonight,” said coach Kari Hodges.
“They handled it pretty well.”
The opening moments of the contest might’ve been the toughest as DeSoto jumped ahead 4-1. The Lady Lions responded with a run to 5-5 as the visitors encountered serving troubles while Kate McElroy (ace) delivered a couple of service points.
On the way to 12-12, Ennis benefited from an excellent Kadesha Dansby hit and a Bailey Slovacek ace. Dansby also had an impressive dig, while McElroy’s tips up front were making the DeSoto defense work.
“Kate did a better job of making plays at the net tonight,” Hodges said.
“Her serve isn’t fancy, but it found holes in the defense to do a good job. Kadesha will get after it. When she goes after a ball, you know she’ll give great effort.”
A couple of aces by Leah Marrow got the home team on quite a roll. With good hits by Kat Honza and Jada Cox, Ennis worked its way to 20-16.
From there, Cox put the game away with five-straight service points. One of her two aces was actually the winning point (25-16).
“Jada wants to jump and hit; the biggest thing for her right now is just to stay under control,” the coach said.
“As she continues to mature, she’ll just keep getting better. Jada is confident in what she does and she moves her serves around. I thought Leah really did a good job of passing tonight.”
Game two was good from the start as far as the Lady Lions were concerned. After Taylor Maliska’s winning volley, consecutive Slovacek aces put her team up 4-0. Kayla Prachyl kept herself busy on the front line, as her winning hit and then an offspeed kill put Ennis up 7-4.
“Bailey’s serve is flat with a little wobble and other teams often don’t know what to do with it,” Hodges said.
“Kayla is the smallest player on the team, but she had the most hits tonight. She’s really aggressive, so I know she’ll get in there and take care of it.”
More players began to step up in the serving department as Kennedy Bragg drilled an ace and Maliska followed with three in a row.
Slovacek continued to play great ball with a winning volley and a kill for a 13-7 lead.
“Once the overhand came for Bailey, it just gets better all the time,” Hodges said.
“Taylor has a lot of ball savvy. She knows when she needs to pass or hit overhand, so she rarely hits the net. Plus, she always sends the ball deep.”
DeSoto was trying to hang in there, but it didn’t have an answer for Slovacek. On the heels of her second kill in the three points, Bailey added four-straight service points (three aces) for a commanding 18-9 advantage.
Nicole Junger’s tip made the score 19-11, and as the team’s setter she had a very impressive outing.
“If we can get the ball to Nicole, she’ll get it up so the others can hit,” Hodges said.
“She has really nice hands and works hard to get to the ball [when it’s passed to her].”
After a winning hit from Maliska, Prachyl’s tip made it 23-12 in favor of the Lady Lions. Beyond good hitting, Prachyl’s defensive hustle stuck out like a sore thumb.
“Kayla stepped in for Kristen [Pool] who was out with an injury, and tonight we didn’t miss a beat the way Kayla was hustling,” the coach said.
“She just finds a way to get to the ball and make a play. Kayla actually wasn’t feeling good, but she still played well.”
Just a few points from victory, Ennis didn’t give the green team a chance as Slovacek won the match on a kill.
“Hopefully next week we can work all of our hitters into the mix up front,” Hodges said.
The A-team will now head to Cedar Hill Permenter on Monday for its season finale.
“At this point, it’s so important to make sure the girls focus on pass, set and hit,” the coach said.
“When they step on the court as eighth graders, they’ll be ready. This group has really come a long way and they were already good athletes.”

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