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By CHARLES RICHARDS
ATHENS, Texas — The 16th-ranked Lady Dragon volleyball team of Paris Junior College started slow, but rallied late behind Katie Poole on Wednesday to defeat Trinity Valley Community College in five sets.
With the 19-25, 26-24, 19-25, 25-23, 15-11 victory, PJC improved to 17-6 overall and 3-1 in Region 14 play. Coach Justin Maness’ team is in second place at the mid-point of conference play behind the seventh-ranked Apache Ladies of Tyler Junior Conference (16-2, 4-0).The Lady Dragons’ next game is at the Hunt Center on the PJC campus at noon Saturday against Ranger College.
“The environment at Trinity Valley was similar to ours. Their fans supported them well, and it took us a little time to get settled in, while Trinity Valley came out ready to play,” Maness said.
“It was just back and forth. They won the first set, we won the second, they won the third, we won the fourth, and then we won the fifth,” Maness said.
“Our serves and passes weren’t where we wanted to be, but in the game that counted, it was there,” the coach said.
Poole, a 5-8 sophomore from Rowlett, had 13 kills and 17 defensive digs. Andi Hurt added eight kills, with Katie Clapp and Abby Phillips adding seven kills each, and T’Asia Black had four kills.
Lauren Hamaker had a team-high 21 assists, and Jordan Strickland had 15 assists. Black also had four blocks, and Hurt had two block assists.
The start of Wednesday’s match against Trinity Valley was reminiscent of the Lady Dragons’ performance on Monday at Hillsboro, where Hill College snapped PJC’s 11-match winning streak with a win in three sets – 25-19, 25-23, 25-16.
If PJC had to lose, that was the one.
“It might have actually been a good thing, it being a non-conference match,” Maness said. “It was like a slap in the face.”
He added, “I don’t want to discredit Hill College, because they’re a good team, but we just did not have a good night at all. The team that we are just didn’t show.”
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