Thursday’s volleyball match between Lincoln and Leon was special for two reasons.
For starters, the two rivals met in district play for the first time in a few years.
Behind the one-two punch of Alexcia Herring and Emily Dempsey, the Lions beat the visiting Trojans, 25-22, 25-21,18-25,25-15, in an important District 2-7A match.
Herring led the Lions with 15 kills and Dempsey added 39 assists.
The match also headlined the 7th annual Leon High School’s Breast Cancer Awareness week.
Coupled with money raised previously from a 5K race, Leon totaled $1,100 for the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center.
With three weeks remaining in the regular season, the Lions want to build on their momentum. The two rivals will meet again next week at Lincoln.
Katy Kuhlmeier led the Trojans with 22 kills and 13 digs.
Leon was able to control the tempo of the game with solid passing and defense.
Both are stressed by Lions coach Angie Strickland, whose team closed the match with six consecutive points.
“We have goals set on passing and defense and if they don’t execute there is consequences for that,” Strickland said.
“These girls have worked unbelievably hard. We have one of the toughest schedules in our region. Wins and losses don’t matter to me, it’s executing and playing well.”
District 2-7A, a three-team district, also features Chiles.
The top two teams from the district tournament, scheduled for Oct. 22-24 at Chiles, advance into the postseason.