Maidens lose a marathon match to Big Sandy

Jacksonville head volleyball coach Corrie Snider gives Fightin' Maiden setter Ashley Freeney some instructions during a pause in the action of a match last week. Freeney registered a team-best 34 assists in Jacksonville's 3-2 loss to Big Sandy on Tuesday.

The Fightin' Maidens of Jacksonville started out strong by posting wins in each of the first-two sets of the evening, but Big Sandy closed like a freight train to take the win 3-2 (12-25, 25-27, 25-22, 26-24, 15-12).

The non-district match took place at the John Alexander Gymnasium on Tuesday night.

Ka'Lessia Anderson supplied Jacksonville with 21 kills, eight blocks and three aces while Tamia Tucker collected 19 kills, a dig and four blocks.

Leading the Maidens in assists (34) was Ashley Freeney. She also had 13 digs and a pair of spikes.

Lauryn Johnson and Stormy Willis pitched in 17 and 15 digs, respectively.

Other Maidens that recorded noteworthy efforts were Jordyn Whitaker (5 kills, 3 digs, 2 blocks) and Morgan Washburn (9 digs, 1 ace).

Jacksonville has the night off on Friday and will travel to Longview to take on Spring Hill on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

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