STAUNTON — In a season of high expectations, everything seems to be right on schedule for the Robert E. Lee volleyball team.
The Lee Ladies put together a solid performance on Tuesday night, sweeping past visiting Broadway 25-16, 25-20 and 25-17.
With the win, Lee is now 7-3 on the season. The three losses, two of which happened in a Saturday tournament, do not seem to concern head coach Jan Williams.
“I feel like we’re progressing,” said the Lee High coach. “Each game, we’re getting a little bit better. We’ve cleaned up a lot of the little stuff that we had going on last week. As long as they improve every single week, that’s all I’m asking.”
Setter Amber Johnson, one of two seniors on the Lee Ladies roster, also is encouraged by how things are shaping up.
“I feel like we’re looking forward and have made a lot of progress since the beginning of the summer,” said Johnson. “We’ve worked really hard and it’s definitely showing now.”
Broadway, which is now 5-5 on the year, had an early lead in each set. The Gobblers just could not maintain the advantage in any of the three.
In the opening game, Lee used a 12-4 run to pull away at the end. Jennifer Williams had five kills and a block during that stretch.
The second set was the closest of the night. A pair of kills by Andrea Troyer helped Broadway take a 16-14 advantage. Alyx Steitz answered with a spike, starting a string of six straight points for the Lee Ladies that put them back in control. Freshman Nellie Garrison’s kill got Lee to set-point and a missed Gobbler serve finished out the 25-20 win.
In the final game, Lee had to rally again from an early deficit. Jaelynn Rogers’ kill put Broadway up 12-10, before a hit from Meghan Wood cut the margin in half. Johnson rotated back and delivered four straight service points, including a pair of aces, to put the Lee Ladies up 15-12.
Broadway would battle back, evening the score at 17-17 on a kill from Troyer. But several Gobbler hitting errors and seven service points from Camryn Shull closed out the victory for Lee High.
“I think tonight our passing worked really well,” said Johnson, who combined with Shull for 22 assists. “(Passing) is one thing we’ve struggled with sometimes. We have three six-foot girls, so I don’t think blocking and hitting is usually an issue.”
Williams ended the match with 10 kills and four blocks, while MacKensie Bowles added seven kills up front. Meghan Wood, the only other senior, contributed four kills and a team-high 14 digs.
“We were trying new things and trying different lineups, so you kind of lose your intensity whenever you do that,” said coach Williams. “But I thought they played very well. Everything is coming together just like I want it to.”
There was no sweep in the JV match, with Broadway pulling out a 2-1 victory over Lee.