DOVER — The Western Boone volleyball team’s night quickly turned nasty Thursday, but the team rallied to defeat Clinton Central in five games, 23-25, 19-25, 25-14, 25-9, 15-12.

Things started looking bad early in the first game. The Stars were tide 2-2 in the first game when senior Laura Lawson left the match after she fell on her knee. The unofficial word was that she tore her ACL, but her official status was not available as of press time.

Lawson left the game with one kill.

The first two losses seemed to be a lack of staying focused on Western Boone’s part. They made silly errors and were penalized for playing out of position at times.

“I think a lot of it was mental,” said Western Boone coach Emily Hawthorne. “Our line-up changed dramatically.”

It took the Stars two games to get used to their new line-up. Freshman Sara Solomon is normally the only freshman who gets varsity playing time. With the loss of Lawson, Hawthorne added freshmen Abby Hanson and Brandy Woody and both stepped up last night for the Stars.

“We couldn’t have asked for more,” said Hawthorne. “They stepped up last night. We knew that without Laura it was going to be a lot harder.

“Our number one priority was to get them focused on the game. We told them that it was a great opportunity to show they can pull it together.”

Western Boone did pull it together in the final three games to win. In the third game, Hawthorne seemed to think Clinton Central made some mistakes. In the fourth game the Stars took a quick four point lead and kept it going to win that game 25-9.

They started with another four point lead in the final match. Clinton Central came back to tie it at 5-5 and took a lead. Western Boone took back their lead at 11-10 and went on from there to win 15-12.

Junior Elizabeth Mercer had 11 kills and seven block last night. Freshman Sara Solomon had one of her best games with 10 kills and two aces.

“We’ve thrown Sara into a big role,” said Hawthorne. “This was the first time she was forced to play a key role in the offense. She showed a lot of maturity and perseverance.”

Lindsey Lowhorn had 32 assists and one ace while Heather Theademan had 42 digs.

The Stars proved last night that they can fill the big shoes that Lawson has left for at least the next week or two, but still her presence on the court will be missed.

“Her leadership,” said Hawthorne. “She definitely led this team. But we proved we have other players who can step up and fill her shoes.”


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