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PLAS outlasts Fort Dale in five games

In an important region match, the Pike Liberal Arts volleyball team was hoping for a big region victory on its home court Tuesday afternoon.

While it took a little longer than most of its other matches, the Patriots were able to come away with a win, taking down Fort Dale in five games, 25-16, 21-25, 25-21, 17-25 and 15-13.

“We were able to pull it out,” Patriots’ head coach Mendy Avant said after the rollercoaster match.

“We did a lot of good things (Tuesday), but we still have a lot to work on. We are still a young team, but this was a good win for us,” she added.

Leading the way for PLAS was the team’s lone senior, Madison Sanders.

When the five games were over, Sanders had tallied up 14 kills to go along with his six aces and three assists.

Jessica Freel led the team with nine aces and tow assists while Kailee Taylor finished with three kills.

“I am happy we were able to battle back, and not give up,” Avant said.

“Everything is already pretty chaotic with Homecoming stuff going, so I am glad the girls kept their focus on the court and played hard.”

This was the second of a three-game home stand, which PLAS will finish up on Thursday against Wilcox Academy.

The Patriots lost Monday’s game to Morgan Academy in three games.

“We got to keep improving,” the coach said.

“The girls are doing a great job of improving, but we got to keep it going.”

In the earlier match, the JV team was able to beat Fort Dale in three games, 25-14, 22-25, 16-14.