Pearl River Volleyball beats Louisiana Christian in thriller

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Pearl River Volleyball beats Louisiana Christian in thriller

Posted 10:33 a.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2022

WRITTEN BY TYLER JOHNSON, PRCC ATHLETICS.

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — The Pearl River volleyball team ended their losing streak on Friday, beating Louisiana Christian 3-1 (15-25, 25-16, 27-25 and 25-14) in an entertaining match. Despite dropping the first set of the night, the Wildcats were unfazed and rallied to win three straight sets.

“LC is usually a fun game for us and this one certainly didn’t disappoint,” Pearl River coach Haley Chatham said. “We overcame so many obstacles that we had not yet managed to overcome. We moved around the pitch together, made some good adjustments defensively and our blocking timing was perfect.

SET A

Pearl River (3-4 on aggregate) opened the scoring with a small serve from Julianah Overstreet (Vancleave) which included an ace.

Louisiana Christian ended the run via a kill, but Pearl River immediately reclaimed the point thanks to a booming kill from the hand of Sammie Smith (Biloxi; D’Iberville). After another quick LCU point, Pearl River responded with a hand kill from Natalie Barthelemy (Brandon) to make it 5-2.

From there, the teams fought back and forth for most of the middle of the first set, eventually finding themselves deadlocked at 10-10.

LCU continued to capture the momentum and used it to propel themselves to a 25-16 single-set win.

SET TWO

Pearl River opened the scoring again in the second set, but LCU was quick to react and tied things 1-1 early.

The teams traded scores with Pearl River managing to hold onto a slim 4-2 lead.

Bartholomew sparked a small Wildcat run through another kill which was followed shortly after by a Anna Claire Sheffield(Township; Jackson Academy) service ace to increase the lead to 7-2.

From there, Pearl River captured all of their momentum and won set two 25-16.

SET THREE

Sheffield opened the scoring for Pearl River in the third set after registering a block and a kill.

LCU were unfazed as they captured their early momentum and managed to push things in their favor 5-3.

Pearl River responded by running their own run which included two more Sheffield aces, a Jolee Gibson (Brandon) and an Overstreet block, giving them a 9-6 lead.

The teams began to swap scores as neither team could find the lead until a 24-24 tie. Pearl River showed resilience and battled their way to a 27-25 victory.

SET FOUR

Pearl River blasted out of the gate in the fourth set taking a 5-1 lead. The first round featured eliminations by Smith, Lillie Franks(Ocean Springs), Sheffield and Bartholomew.

The teams eventually found themselves in a 6-6 stalemate, but Gibson provided a spark for Pearl River by serving to give them an 8-6 lead.

After a quick score from LCU, Pearl River went on another run that was fueled by knockouts from Overstreet and Smith to open things up 13-9.

Pearl River never looked back, claiming a 25-14 win to take the game.

OPEN THE WAY

Sheffield was a force in the middle for Pearl River, tallying four blocks on the evening. She also had two kills and four service aces.

“AC does readings and his blocks were a big part of our success tonight,” Chatham said.

Bartholomew finished with seven kills and added his own service aces.

“Natalie continues to be a constant blend of strength and power for us and someone we can continually rely on,” Chatham said.

Smith continued to be a force for the Wildcats, tallying five kills.

“We were able to move Sammie out and that freed her up,” Chatham said. “She has gained much-deserved confidence and we couldn’t be more proud of her for that.”

Chatham also spoke about the game of passers Overstreet and Gibson as well as the defensive specialist Allison Charpentier(OceanSprings).

“Julianah and Jolee have done an outstanding job keeping our forwards away from their best blocks,” she said. “Allison played a big role defensively for us. She did well, dug up some hard punches and served the fires off.

NEXT

The Wildcats hit the road Wednesday against Itawamba. The match is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. and will be streamed live on LetsGoICCTV.com

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