The Augusta Christian Lady Lions volleyball team had its moments on the court Tuesday night, but not enough to avoid falling to the Jefferson Davis Lady Raiders.
The Lady Lions (0-2) lost the best-of-five match, 25-23, 25-14, 25-20.
“We have quite a few new people on the team with not really a depth of experience,” said Lady Lions head coach Chuck Renfro. “We’re struggling a little bit right now, but they’re learning and working hard. Hopefully they’ll pick up some slack and we’ll have a better rest of the season.”
Jefferson Davis (2-0) was ahead 21-16 Game 1 when the Lady Lions came roaring back. Freshman Angel Aydlett served the team back into the game, winning five consecutive points with four aces in a row.
“She’s coming along and she’s got some natural ability,” said Renfro of Aydlett. “She’s a lot better than she was last year at this time. She’s really coming along nicely.”
The Lady Lions surged ahead 23-22, but a Haley Eidison ace, a Lady Lions hitting error and a Rachel Brown kill gave the Lady Raiders the 25-23 win.
The win seemed to set the tone for the rest of the match.
“That would have made a big difference with momentum,” Renfro said. “They would have been up for the other two. I think they just got a little flustered and it got into their head a little bit.”
In Game 2, the Lady Raiders jumped out to an 11-2 lead and would not be challenged.
The Lady Lions responded once again in Game 3. The teams battled back and forth and the game was tied at 17 when the Lady Raiders won four consecutive points to take charge.
A Laura Kate Toburen kill stopped the run, but the deficit was too much to overcome.