Lincoln blanks Boyle 3-0 – again

Published 2:19 pm Thursday, September 28, 2017

DANVILLE — The Lincoln County Lady Patriot volleyball team blanked Boyle County for the second time this season, keeping its perfect 45th District record in tact with a 3-0 win Thursday night at Rebel Arena.

The Lady Patriots defeated the Lady Rebels 25-16, 25-8, 25-16 to improve to 17-4 overall.

“The thing that really helps is we have a team that really works well together. They all step to the plate and do really well,” Lincoln coach Samantha Torres said. “Boyle worked hard, but I think we did well. We played our game.”

Junior Savanna Smith put up stats across the board to lead Lincoln. She had eight kills, six blocks, six digs and an ace. The one exception in her stats – she had no errors.

“She’s incredible. She works really hard,” Torres said of Smith. “She’s really stepped up this year more so than last year and she’s really leading the team and doing a good job. She’s everywhere.”

Taryn Johnson had nine kills, six digs and four aces, Jasmine Whited had eight assists, two aces, two kills and one dig, Peyton Griffin had 11 assists, four kills, six digs and an ace, Jessie Wilson had three aces and a kill and Cassandra Jett had four blocks, four digs, two aces and a kill.

Lincoln led for most of the best-of-5 match although Boyle did hang around in Game 1 and Game 3. However, the Lady Rebels, who fell to 9-13 overall, 1-3 in the district, were dominated completely in Game 2, with the Lady Pats opening up a 12-3 lead and never looking back.

“My team fell apart completely,” Boyle coach Andrea Craig said, a characteristic of her team that she says she has seen too often this year.

“We’ve struggled. Finding leadership. Maintaining leadership. Maintaining the ability to persevere through any obstacle that may be in their way whether in themselves or external factors. Maintaining peace within the group and moving together as a unit has been a struggle. Volleyball is a game that the team has to be together. You are six individuals on the court but you have to work together to make the wins happen. And right now that isn’t happening for them.”