LHS volley holds on, defeats Mac
An up-and-down, back-and-forth volleyball match eventually fell in Lawton High's favor Thursday night at MacArthur.
The Wolverines had big leads in every set only to see the Highlanders rally in three of them. Eventually, attrition won the day for LHS in a 3-1 victory. The set scores were: 25-22, 25-27, 25-22, 25-14.
Lawton High (6-4) won a close, tense first set and stormed out to a 21-14 lead in the second set behind kills from Morgan Roberts, Genesis Gonzalez, Keila Williams and Lindsay Hibberts. Williams also served three straight aces and Hibberts added one. Everything was going perfectly.
Then Lillian Phillips stepped to the line for MacArthur.
The junior has a wicked serve that breaks right to left and down, not unlike a Yu Darvish breaking ball. She posted six straight aces after a kill by Whitney Brown to tie the game at 21. Lawton High couldn't dig the ball out or make the necessary adjustments and Phillips kept burying the Wolverines.
"First off, you've got give credit to MacArthur, they are very strong on their serving," LHS head coach Josh Wall said. "(Phillips), man, she has an incredible serve. That killed us. I think we took a little break and she took advantage of it."
Still Lawton High fought back and had a 24-23 lead needing just one point to take a 2-0 set advantage. A service error tied it at 24 before Gonzalez scored another kill to give set point back to LHS. The Highlanders' Justice Anderson tied the match with a kill. An LHS error and an ace by Jacie Wootten tied the match at a set apiece.