Wallace’s Ileen Marsh sets the ball for a teammate during Tuesday’s home game against Concordia College. Marsh had 22 assists in the back-and-forth match between the Lady Patriots and Lady Hornets. -- Robert Hudson

Wallace needs five sets to put away Concordia at home

Published 11:18pm Tuesday, October 9, 2012

In a back-and-forth match that came down to a tie-breaking fifth game, the Wallace Lady Patriots defeated the Concordia Lady Hornets 3-2 (25-19, 20-25, 25-19, 25-27, 17-15) Tuesday at home on senior night.

Lady Patriots head volleyball coach April Harper said it was an intense match, but she’s glad her team pulled it out on the night where Wallace honored outgoing players Africa Tyler, Manasha Vick and Ashley McGhee.

“It was heart stopping because the momentum of the game was going back and forth, and back and forth,” Harper said. “I’m just glad when we played that fifth game we were able to pull it together and play a little defense, and finish the game. It was a close game, but I’m just glad we were able to come together as a team on senior night.”

After going ahead 2-1, Wallace had a shot to put the Lady Hornets away in the fourth set.

But with Wallace ahead 23-22, Concordia started its comeback, as a ball hit out of play by the Lady Patriots evened the set at 23-23, and Concordia’s Nygia Brazier put the Lady Hornets ahead 24-23 with a service ace.

A Concordia error evened the set again at 24-24, but the Lady Hornets took the lead again when Nashijla Bethune spiked the ball into the center of the Lady Patriots’ defense to make the score 25-24.

Tyler responded for Wallace with a kill of her own that tied the set once again at 25-25.

Concordia’s Leniya Gover put the Lady Hornets ahead for good, spiking the ball and making it 26-25, and a ball hit out made the score 27-25 for Concordia and forced a fifth set.

Wallace took control early in the fifth set, jumping ahead 8-3, but the Lady Hornets battled back until the teams were tied 14-14.

A block at the net by Wallace’s Jasmine Robinson put the Lady Patriots ahead 15-14, but Gover responded with a kill that tied the match again at 16.

Tyler came back with a pair of back-to-back kills that secured the victory for the Lady Patriots.

Venecia Eaton, head volleyball coach of Concordia College Alabama, said her team just didn’t want the win badly enough.

“I’d grade them an F,” Eaton said. “They didn’t want it. They didn’t have it. All of them weren’t on the same page.”

Ileen Marsh had 22 assists on the night for Wallace, while the Lady Patriots got big plays from Tyler, who had five kills in the final set.

Vick had six kills for Wallace in the second set, while McGee added five kills in the match’s opening set.

The Lady Patriots will take the floor again Wednesday at home against Jeff Davis starting at 5 p.m.

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