Pike Lib rolls past Glenwood, moves to 6-0

Published 10:31 pm Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Marlee Turnstill (23) attempts a kill for Pike Liberal Arts. (Photo/Ryan McCollough)

Marlee Turnstill (23) attempts a kill for Pike Liberal Arts. (Photo/Ryan McCollough)

Pike Liberal Arts picked up its sixth straight win to start the year, with a three-set sweep of Glenwood Tuesday afternoon.

The Lady Patriots rallied in the first and third sets, and rolled through the second to claim wins of 26-24, 25-18 and 25-23. Pike Liberal head coach Mendy Avant said that her team has gotten better since the season opener at Glenwood a few weeks back.

“We played them a few weeks ago, and it went five sets,” Avant said. “We put in a couple of new things and I really like what I saw out there today. The hustle was pretty good.”

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Pike beat Glenwood in five sets to open the season, but during the match Avant and the Patriots encountered issues with the kill attempts being blocked by the Lady Gators.

In Tuesdays sweep, Pike Liberal attacked in a different way.

“Last time we played them it seemed that when we attacked from the middle, their blocker would get a piece of it,” Avant said. “So tonight, we attacked more from the outside, and pushed the ball over more, instead of spikes, to keep them off balanced.”

In the first set, Pike trailed 18-12 and 24-20 at different times, but rallied to score the final six points to snag the win. The Patriots took a 4-3 lead on a Kaylee Taylor kill and never looked back. Pike led the rest of the way en route to a 25-18 win. PLAS closed out the sweep with a 25-23 come-from-behind win in set three.

Marlee Turnstill finished the match with 10 kills and Taylor picked up eight and Carrley Barron added seven.

The Patriots also picked up eight aces during the win.

The win move Pike Liberal to 6-0 overall, something that Avant wanted.

“It was important to start off well,” said Avant. “When you have success early, the girls get more confident and loosen up. You have to be confident to play this game.”

Pike travels to Evangel Christian Academy In Montgomery on Thursday, looking to improve to 7-0.

The junior varsity, which scored a two-set win over Glenwood on Tuesday, will kick things off at 3:30 p.m.