Opening your 2014 season on a Saturday morning is exciting. Opening your season with a match as big as the "Battle of Hard Rd" takes it to an entirely different level. And to win that opening match by sweeping one of your biggest rivals in three straight games is epic!
The Lady Irish kicked off their 2014 season at home on Saturday by taking on the Lady Wolves of Worthington Kilbourne. Although they are no longer in our OCC division, it wouldn't be a complete season without playing the game known as "The Battle of Hard Road". And this year's match proved to be a great one.
After a slow start in game one, down by a score of 1-6, the Irish battled back on the hitting of Elo Agbaike, Maddie Wilcox and Lauren Parrot who combined for 9 kills to tie the score at 15. From there, the Irish and Wolves traded the lead six more times. Karina Akutsu and Maddie Wilcox made two incredible blocks at the net to turn the momentum back to the Irish who went on to a 25-21 game one win.
Game two started out the same way. The Irish were down by six points when they took their first time out to regroup. They came back on the court and evened the score 10 to 10 and continued to trade the lead with the Wolves all the way to a 24-24 tie. Kilbourne served short into the net to give the Irish a one point advantage. The Irish took the win on a kill by Maddie Wilcox that landed just inside the back right portion of the court. The final score of game two was 26-24.
Game three was equally exciting. There were 9 lead changes. Lauren Parrot had five kills, Maddie Wilcox had six kills off the outstanding setting of Haley Compton who was seemingly everywhere on the court. The game nearly went into extra points when a Worthington kill found the floor, but was negated by a player in the net call against the Wolves. The Lady Irish made it a complete sweep with a 25-23 win.
The JV squad dropped a heartbreaking match to the Wolves 2 games to 1. After easily winning game one by a score of 25-12 off the strength of five consecutive kills by Lilly Wilcox and three aces by Maggie Capel, game 2 proved to be more of a challenge. Maddie Duhl had an incredible point saving dig to event the score at 13, but the momentum would shift to the Wolves who went on to a 21-25 win. Game three would follow a similar path. The Irish held the lead 20-17 after setter Kate Zimmerman set up hitter Edan Jones for three consecutive kills. However, following a controversial call in the Irish back court, the Wolves went on a scoring streak an ultimately one the game 22-25 and the match 2 games to 1.
The freshmen squad took a loss in their first match of the season. Despite winning their first game 25-14, they would go on to drop the remaining two games 15-25 and 15-25.
The Lady Irish will be on the road for the next game, playing at Westerville Central on Thursday August 21st.
The Lady Irish will be holding their first ever Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser on Friday August 22nd at the AMF Sawmill Lanes located at 4825 Sawmill Road. The action will take place between 5:30p and 8:30p. You can help the Lady Irish by sponsoring a participating player either per pin or with a cash donation for participation. Contact any volleyball player to donate. You can also submit donations by CLICKING HERE!
Thanks for your support of the Lady Irish Volleyball team! Go Irish!
The DSHSGVB TEAM has a fundraiser on Wednesday 8/13 from 4-8pm. Please forward to all of your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers AND please post on social media! If we get 100 people there that night, we will get 25% rather than 20%, as a return. All anyone needs to do is step into Which Wich and mention DSHSGVB when they order and our program will receive the credit!
Help support the Lady Irish and enjoy a great sandwich at the same time! A big thank you to Which Wich for their support!