Nixa, Mo. (For OzarksSportsZone.com) -- The Nixa Lady Eagles held off a momentous start from the Lebanon Yellowjackets to win 2-0 in Monday’s league matchup.
After a thrilling junior varsity game in which Lebanon won in the third set, the Lady Yellowjackets took that momentum into the first set against a strong Nixa team.
Nixa coach Greg Walker saw his group, led by seniors Hannah Bracker and Angie Miller, struggle to pull away from the young Lebanon team.
“Credit to Lebanon – they started aggressively,” Walker said. “Luckily we had built a big enough lead with a comfort zone. Normally at that time, I’m calling a time out, but we had a big enough lead and I knew they could adjust.”
Lebanon stayed with Nixa throughout the first part of the opening set. But just when the Lady Eagles would start pulling away, the Lady Jackets put together a run. After falling down 22-12 in the first set, Lebanon rallied to pull within 24-17, but Nixa’s lead was too wide to overcome.
While Nixa used strong service to dominate the first set, it was its front three – Bracker, and sophomores Reilly Dobbs and Aubrey Cheffey – that led the way in the second set.
Lebanon’s momentum had dissipated and Nixa began to take over, racking up a 10-1 lead quickly on the Lady Jackets.
Second year head coach Brittni Allison could see it unfolding.
“We had a hard time starting out with a bunch of intensity in that second match after we dropped the first one,” Allison said. “About halfway through we seemed to just really fight for it.”
But just like they did in the first set, Lebanon used another rally to make Nixa work for the win. After being down 19-4, Lebanon’s Morgan Day led the way at net, helping her Lady Jackets score six unanswered points to make it 19-10.
Nixa regained control to take the second match 25-14, moving them to 15-9-1 on the year.
The Lady Jackets fell to 3-13-4 with the loss, as Lebanon travels to Rolla on Thursday for another league matchup.
For Nixa, they won’t get much of a breath before they take travel to county rival Ozark on Tuesday.
Walker said the Lebanon game was good preparation to face a tough Ozark Lady Tiger team that is 16-2 on the year and ranked in the top in Class 4.
“We could be winless and that game tomorrow will be a knockdown drag out fight,” Walker said.
Nixa 2, Lebanon 0
Nixa: Aubrey Cheffey, 9
Lebanon: Madison Day, 5
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