NEW PARIS — The National Trail volleyball team won two matches and dropped another last week, as the team continues to show signs of improvement heading into the final portion of the season.
On Monday, Sept. 21, the team faced off with Dayton Christian who jumped out to an early lead. DC won the first set 25-19, and looked to be in control of the match after a 25-15 victory in the second set.
One of the Blazers’ key players, Kortney Rea, was limited because of injury in the first two sets, but sparked the Blazers in the final three sets to lead them to a come-from-behind victory.
The Blazers won the final three sets in convincing fashion, 25-22, 28-26 and 15-2.
Rea had 18 assists on the match while Shania Jordan had 13 kills. Risa Griffin and Alexus Acton each added 13 digs.
The team lost its second match of the week to Twin Valley South on the road on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Head coach Joy Yeazel said her team came out on fire in the first set and was able to win 25-22, but was unable to sustain the momentum for the rest of the match.
South closed the match by winning the second, third and fourth sets to defeat the Blazers. Scores were 11-25, 20-25 and 14-25.
Rea had 18 digs, 11 assists and seven digs, Acton had seven digs and 29 good service receptions. Lauren Moore had two aces.
On Thursday, Sept. 24, the Blazers hosted county rival Tri-County North, coming away with a victory in three straight sets.
The Blazers won 25-17, 25-12 and 25-18.
Acton led the way with 18 kills. Rea added 10 assists and six kills while Jordan also had six kills. Caitlyn Morgan had three aces, Moore had seven digs and Ariel Lee, Acton and Griffin had seven good serve receptions each.
The team faces Northridge on Sept. 28, in a non-league match-up. They will then travel to Cross County Conference leaders Miami East on Thursday, Oct. 1.
Reach Austin Schmidt at 937-683-4062 or on Twitter @aschmidt_RH.