CLINTON — The Clinton High School Lady Maroons were in action again on Thursday, August 25, after suffering defeats on Monday, August 22.
The opponent this night was the Flanagan/Cornell Lady Falcons. There was no freshman match, so the evening began at 6 p.m. with the Junior Varsity (JV) match.
The first set began with the Lady Falcons taking a 4-3 lead, after which they added a couple of 5-point runs to out-distance the Lady Maroons, who could manage only a couple of points at a time.
The visitors took the first set 25-17.
In the second set the teams were even through the first six points, when the Lady Maroons kicked into hyper mode and went on 5-point, 6-point, and 4- point runs, while holding the Lady Falcons flightless with only one or two points at a time.
This action brought the second set win to the Lady Maroons 25-14.
The third set tie-breaker was intense with neither team able to break away. Each team had a mid-set 5- point run, which put them right back in the thick of the battle. Down by two points at 18-20 points, the Lady Maroons went on a 4-point run before giving up another point and then closed the door with a three point run for the 25-21 win, winning the match 2-1.
With the intensity of the first match and the fact that many of the players on both teams are on the varsity and JV teams, the outcome was a little hesitant. However, the first set was a heart pounder.
Clinton started off with a 4-point run. Then, things became tense as the Lady Falcons caught up, and at 8 points each, they went on an 8-point run. The home team seemed sunk at this point, but the Lady Maroons went from an 18-23-point deficit to a 25-23 win in the first set.
The Lady Falcons seemed lost in the second set as the Lady Maroons became more charged and set in their goal. The opposition was flustered and only scored a point or two at a time, while the Lady Maroons chalked up several 4 -point runs and then a final 5-point run to ice the win at 25-12.
This gave the Lady Maroons a 2-0 set win and the match win.