Lady Jackets erase big deficits for sweep

WHITE HALL — The White Hall volleyball team seemed to have the advantage on Sheridan on Tuesday, but the Lady Bulldogs just could not finish the Lady Jackets.

After having six-point and eight-point leads in the first two sets, White Hall faltered in both as Sheridan took a 2-0 lead. The Lady Jackets then easily took the third set for a 25-22, 25-21, 25-15 win.

“We let them come back and win those and that kind of took the air out of the girls,” White Hall coach Steven Powell said. “We just couldn’t finish.”

White Hall (5-6) was up 18-12 and 18-10 in the first two sets before the Lady Jackets rallied to take both sets. The main reason White Hall was unable to keep the lead in both sets was simply mistakes in almost every aspect.

“We had several kill opportunities that we had the chance to get and we didn’t get them and they wound up with the point,” Powell said. “We set the ball to the other side of the night and had no one ready to block. They just got on a roll and we were unable to stop them.”

Despite the good-sized leads, White Hall did not have many kills. Ally Stuart led the Lady Bulldogs with four. Harley Wilkins had five blocks.

White Hall also had problems serving on Monday. The Lady Bulldogs had 11 service errors in the three sets.

“That’s 11 points right there,” Powell said.

Sheridan controlled the third set and took a 13-6 lead and later went on a 6-1 run to make it a 24-11 advantage.

Powell said getting swept was a bit demoralizing.

“The girls, they play hard and they play to win and when you lose to close ones like that, it just deflates you,” he said. “They were just rolling up points and nothing we could do, even just calling a timeout, could stop them.”

White Hall and Sheridan played earlier in the year and the Lady Bulldogs came away with a win in five sets.

The Sheridan junior varsity also swept White Hall by the scores of 25-8 and 25-12.