Central volleyball coach Wes Lyon is impressed with Yorktown’s consistency. And when Lyon’s team won the second and fourth sets in Thursday’s match at Yorktown, it didn’t seem to faze the Tigers.
Class 4A No. 5 Yorktown outlasted Central 25-16, 20-25, 25-19, 24-26, 15-10 in the match.
The Tigers improved to 2-0, and it was the Bearcats’ first match of the season.
“We’re just too inconsistent,” Lyon said of his own team’s performance. “I think part of it is because Yorktown is so consistent. They just play good routine volleyball, do all the little things. I think that was really the biggest thing in that match was they did the little things and we didn’t.”
The fourth set was the match’s tightest, and it provided the most drama. Yorktown used a three-point run to tie the set at 18. Central (tied for seventh in the Class 3A rankings) then scored four consecutive points to take a 22-18 lead.
Yorktown responded with four of the next five points to tie the set at 23, then generated a kill to force match point. Central survived after the ensuing serve went long, then scored the next two points to force a fifth set.
“It’s always good to pull out a five-set match early and to fight hard,” Yorktown interim coach Rhonda Murr said. “We came back in Game 4 and just couldn’t seal the deal. So I was proud of the kids going into Game 5.”
The Yorktown volleyball team celebrates a victory during the first set of the match on Thursday evening against Central at Yorktown High School. Yorktown took the game 3-2.
Murr has coached the Tigers in their first two matches of the season while head coach Stephanie Bloom is on maternity leave. In Bloom’s absence, the Tigers picked up a four-set win against Westfield on Tuesday, then made things more dramatic but won in five sets on Thursday.
Central led the fifth set 10-8 before Yorktown finished the match on a seven-point run. Kendall Murr had a kill to put the Tigers within one point and give her team the serve, and Kate Avila served for the rest of the run to close out the match.
Avila has played libero for the first two matches of the season as Jade York recovers from a back injury. On Thursday, that job meant serving to close out a dramatic win.
“It was really exhilarating,” Avila said. “It was a really close match, we all had a lot of energy. So it was a lot of fun, it was a really good match.”
Kendall Murr led her team with 13 kills, and teammate Carson Malapit had 11 kills.
Micah Leavell had 18 kills to lead Central offensively, and the Bearcats’ Allyson Young had 15 digs.
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