Lee College

Lee College outside hitter Kelani Ketchens defends a kill attempt during a match against Polk State Friday. 

Lee College continued preparation for region play with some solid competition in its Invitational this weekend. The Rebels opened play with a 25-23, 25-17, 25-16 loss to No. 18 Polk State. LC rebounded with a win over Cisco.Lee College had an opportunity to draw first blood in its match against Polk State. The Lady Rebels jumped out to a 17-16 lead in the first set. The Lady Eagles answered and took a 24-20 advantage and were poised to take the set.

Lee College made sure they earned it. Kalani Ketchens and Miriam Stingl each had kills. Setter Kayla Brock followed with a heads-up play, finding a soft spot in the defense and for a point rather than a set to pull within 24-23. 

The Lady Rebels took a quick 7-4 lead in the second set only to see Polk State storm back. The Lady Eagles ripped off an 8-1 run, putting pressure on Lee College. Brooke Davidson and Stingl each had kills in an attempt to stop the bleeding. Polk State increased its lead to 20-12 before the Lady Rebels could gain some momentum. 

Hadley McIvor notched a couple of kills but the deficit was too much as Polk State took a 2-0 advantage.

“It’s hard to play from behind,” Lee College head coach Danielle Essix said. “We had momentum in the first and third set.”

Lee College took an early 7-4 lead and trailed 12-11 early in the third set. Polk State ripped off a 7-1 run, forcing two Lee College timeouts. Stingl began to assert herself offensively with consecutive kills but it was Polk State’s day as it finished the match off. Essix said the team played hard as it continues to get its footing early in the season.

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