The West Holmes Lady Knights may not be the Avengers cast of superheroes, but there were times when Lauren Park, Kacie Leppla and the rest of the West Holmes volleyball team looked like Thor, Iron Man, the Black Widow, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers clan.
And as far as avenging a loss goes, the Lady Knights did exactly what they wanted to do in disposing of Clear Fork Thursday, Sept. 22 in The Dungeon at West Holmes High School.
Having been dealt a three-game defeat at Clear Fork earlier this season, West Holmes went about righting things and avenging that loss in a big way, smashing the Colts 25-16, 25-16, 25-15 to rectify that earlier loss and move to 9-6 overall and 4-3 in Ohio Cardinal Conference play.
“We just didn’t play well down at their place,” said Savannah Moore, head coach of the Lady Knights.
Leppla was a little more distinct in her description of that first encounter.
“We stunk,” said Leppla. “We didn’t pay with any energy, we looked tired and we didn’t pass the ball very well. We played with so much more confidence tonight, and our passing was really good. Our execution tonight was so much better.”
West Holmes established its dominance early on, when Lauren Park simply took over game one to help the Lady Knights bolt to a 9-2 lead. West Holmes eventually moved out to a double digit lead and never looked back, as Sammie Hall finished off the game with a pair of kills in the final three points.
Game two looked very much like game one, as West Holmes got up 5-0 and led 9-3 early. The total team effort continued as West Holmes seemed to deliver in every way possible, making a Colts comeback very difficult. Clear Fork did get back to within 17-13, but West Holmes stepped all over them from there, as Park hammered away and the Lady Knights used some pinpoint serving to put away game two.
Game three followed the pattern of West Holmes getting on top early and a 4-0 lead grew quickly to 10-4, and Moore was able to insert some bench players who continued the strong play and West Holmes whisked to victory in three games.
“We were so off of our game down there, and tonight I felt we came out very focused and ready to play,” said Moore. “We served very aggressively, and our serving was really good. I told the kids after our bad showing at Clear Fork that we were playing this one for pride and dignity.”
Moore went on to note that the girls really wanted to win big on the night, and she also added that even though they lost to a powerful Mount Vernon team, she felt that game helped them turn a corner, and ever since they have really played well as a unit.
“It’s exciting, because I feel like we have turned a corner and have gotten a lot better in some phases of the game,” said Moore. “We have some big games coming up, and I expect some big things as we move through the second half of the season. I feel very positive with where we are at, and I don’t think we will do anything but get better and better.”
Leppla ended the night with a solid 29 assists, seven service aces and four digs, while Park hammered home 24 kills, adding seven digs, three blocks and three aces. Hall added three kills and two blocks, Kylie Leppla recorded 12 digs, three aces and three kills, Emily Anderson recorded seven digs and Sarah Anderson had five digs an one ace.
It was a quick, tidy and efficient way to earn the revenge they had sought over Clear Fork.
With the avenging victory now in the books, the Lady Knights got to celebrate something else. Moore told them if they won the game, they would not have practice the next night, which was West Holmes homecoming night.
“Big, big factor,” said Kacie Leppla with a laugh. “That was some serious incentive.”