Lebanon Reporter

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September 12, 2012

Tigers get key conference win

Lebanon — The Lebanon volleyball team was in desperate need of a Sagamore Conference victory after starting 0-3 in conference play.

The team got it Tuesday night. The Tigers got strong performances all around the court in a 25-23, 20-25, 25-23, 25-18 victory against Southmont.

“It is huge for the girls confidence,” Lebanon head coach Rob Zajdel said. “(Southmont) has a lot of club volleyball girls on their team. They have had some injuries, but we have had some injuries too. It is great to see some of the other girls step up. It is great for the team to get a win, especially in conference, and to get some confidence.”

Lebanon found itself down 8-2 early in game one, before storming back to tie the game at 12.

After Southmont went up 13-12, back-to-back kills by Kristen Spolyar sparked a 5-0 run that allowed the Tigers to seize control.

Falling behind early has been a theme all season for the Tigers, and it continued Tuesday, as they fell behind by at least five in every game.

“We have the same problem of starting slowly in games, and that is going to beat us against other teams,” Zajdel said. “It was great that we were able to come back, and that is good experience for the sectional and as the year continues. We just have to learn not to do that.”

Southmont came back to tie the game at 22, but Lebanon won three of the final four points to win the game.

For more of this story, read Wednesday’s Lebanon Reporter.

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