The Daleville Lady Hawks (0-1) got the 2019 volleyball season off to a start on Thursday, Sept. 5, in a 3-2 loss to the Houston County Lady Lions (0-1) at home.
Daleville got things off to a rocky start with a 25-12 loss in the first set of the game, but bounced back to earn 25-23 wins in the second and third sets.
Houston County won 25-18 in the fourth set to force a fifth and final set. Both teams battled to an 8-8 tie midway through the final set, but Houston County was able to eventually pull away for the 15-9 win.
“At points I thought we played really well,” Daleville coach Yolanda Terry said after the loss. “When it got clutch – or when we needed to produce at key moments – I don’t think we produced as well, at times. At other times we played really well.”
Daleville was led by senior co-captain Selah LaForge who had seven aces, eight digs, eight kills, five assist and a block in the season opener. Fellow senior co-captain Coral Fraxler had four aces and an assist, as well.
Freshman Nelialz Nieves added seven digs, four kills, one ace and an assist, while fellow freshman Alissa Harris had a big night with two aces, five digs, seven kills and five assists.
Junior Daijah Buckhalter also had five aces, six digs, five kills, two blocks and three assists. Junior McKinley Sykes added six aces, two digs, four kills and three assists.
Daleville will rematch with Houston County on Sept. 10 on the road, and Terry said she needed to see more from her girls that night.
“I want to see a victory,” Terry flatly said. “I want to see more hustle and a little bit more heart out there, so we can hopefully pull it out. We have to control the ball better and we have to serve much better, too.”
The Lady Hawks JV also played well in a 2-1 loss to Houston County with Houston County dominating the first set 25-16 only for the Lady Hawks to come back and thrash the Lady Lions 25-11 in the second set. Houston County was able to pull away late in the third and final set to win 15-11.