Doc Smith, Sports Correspondent
Jacksonville Daily Progress
The Brook Hill Lady Guard and Dallas Lutheran Lady Lions squared off in a TAPPS 4-3A volleyball matchup, with sole possession of second place on the line behind undefeated McKinney Christian.
The matchup took four games before Brook Hill took the 3-1, win at Herrington Sports Complex in a well-played on Tuesday night.
The first and fourth games were tightly contested and the Lady Guard winning by identical 26-24 scores. Dallas Lutheran evened the match up at one-game apiece winning game two, 25-21. The third game was a Brook Hill 25-19 score to up the Lady Guard season mark to 10-5, and 4-1 in league play.
Brook Hill junior, Samantha Anderson truly made her presence known throughout the game but the first and fourth games, took control when the Lady Guard needed her most.
Game one, Anderson served a seven-point run to jump out to a 13-4 Brook Hill lead.
Lady Lion, Lila O’Brien made a six-point run at service including two aces just before teammate, Alex Avera served out two aces and tied the game up at 18-18.
Lexi Crenshaw took service for the Lady Guard after a Anderson kill and a 24-24 tie.
Crenshaw then served an unforced error by DL and ended the game with a service ace.
Brook Hill was their own worst enemy in the game two loss, stumbling with 16 unforced errors to aid to good service work form Dallas Lutheran’s Kelly Carson, Neicy Hunt, and the front line play of Cami Shannon.
Brook Hill never trailed in game three, taking a 12-4 lead behind the service work of Deserae Rowan and Anderson. Rowan built a 13-4 lead, while Anderson rattled off a five-point run that included three aces and a decisive 21-12 advantage.
The final game featured ties at 1,11, 12, 13,24, and 25 before the Anderson served out the win after trailing 22-24.
The Lady Lions (6-9, 3-2) were led upfront by Hunt with seven kills, and Carlson added six service aces, and five kills in the loss.
Lauren Huffman was the field general for DL with 16 assists, and Alez Avera had six aces at service.
Anderson paced the Lady Guard with a total of 12 kills, six blocks, and six aces. Sophomore, Charlie Niles added in seven kills, four blocks, and 12 assists. Deserae Rowan added in six kills, Morgan Moss scrambled or 11 digs, and Lindsey Wheeler set the Brook Hill offense up with 14 assists.