Abby Buettner of St. John's serves the ball in Thursday's contest with LCC. (DHI Media/Rachel Martin)
Abby Buettner of St. John's serves the ball in Thursday's contest with LCC. (DHI Media/Rachel Martin)
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DELPHOS — Lima Central Catholic came in strong and ready to take the lead as they quickly showed on the court in the first set of Thursday’s volleyball match with St. John’s.

The T-Birds quickly took the first set with a score of 25-14. Fired up and ready to dominate, LCC came in strong looking for another victory in the second set. After falling behind, the Lady Jays soon caught up with a score of 23-16. With tension high and time ticking, the T-Birds were able to hold St. John’s off to win the second set 25-16.

Going into the third set with focus and drive, the two teams go head-to-head with the Jays looking to take at least one. LCC dominated in the third and the confidence quickly dwindled on the other side of the court. With some quick assists the T-Birds quickly took the lead with a score of 16-2.

Silence was brought about all through the gym when an injury took place on the St. John’s side resulting in a brief moment of silence & a little bit of a shaken up team. Shaken up but still determined the Jays gave it their all in the third set.

Nearing the end, junior Erika Moenter tried her best to get St. John’s some points but to no avail as LCC grabbed a 25-18 win in the set and a 3-0 sweep of the match.

Senior Rosie Williams along with sophomore Jaylen Roehm had the most kills of the night. Senior Hannah Reipenhoff had 26 assist for the T-Birds and Senior Makenna Mohler had 5 aces for the night.

“I felt the girls came in strong right out the shoot that was their main goal of the night,” said LCC head coach Ron Coleman. “The girls came out with great leads in every set and that is exactly what we were hoping for.”

Lady Jays head coach Ashley Reynolds said that despite the circumstances that took place in the third set, her girls still gave it their best shot.

“I know they need some work in certain areas but I am very proud of the way they handled things and kept pushing through despite losing all three of the sets,” said Reynolds.

St. John’s falls to 0-2 on the young season and will be back in action Saturday when they travel to Van Wert.