Arcanum senior, Taylor Gray slams one of her many kills to lead the Lady Trojans in straight sets over the Lady Blackhawks

Arcanum downs Lady Hawks in straight sets

ARCANUM – The Arcanum Lady Trojans defended their home court winning a WOAC volleyball match in straight sets over the visiting Mississinawa Valley Lady Blackhawks.

“We needed a confidence booster,” said Arcanum coach, Macey O’Dell. “Hopefully tonight was it and we move forwards.”

Arcanum struggled early in the opening set trailing 13-5 bringing a timeout from the Arcanum bench before battling back to knot the score 17-17 only to have the Lady Blackhawks go back on top 24-21 with the Lady Trojans staring at a possible first set loss.

“I was very frustrated,” O’Dell stated. “I called that timeout early in the set and ripped into them about – we have to come out stronger than that. We just can’t come out and start so slow.”

The Arcanum squad righted the ship and used a 5-0 run to close out scoring and take the first set by a 26-24 score and lead 1-0 on the night.

Mississinawa Valley took a 3-2 lead to open set No. 2 with Arcanum rebounding to go up 6-5. The Lady Trojans rattled off nine unanswered point to lead 14-5 and never looked back on its way to a 25-16 second set win with Taylor Gray leading the change with a strong showing at the net.

“She’s strong,” Coach O’Dell said of Gray. “We one hundred percent rely on her every night – we at least rely on her to get double digits on kills. She is a huge threat in that front row.”

The third and final set of the night had Arcanum jumping out to a 6-0 advantage and a double digit 12-2 score before settling in on a 21-14 third set win and a 3-0 WOAC Thursday night victory.

Ellie Fout goes strong to the Lady Trojans net in the team's WOAC win over Mississinawa Valley
Madi Townsend goes for a Lady Hawks kill in WOAC play at Arcanum
Arcanum's Paige Burrell lands a spike for the Lady Trojans in conference win over MV
The Lady Hawks Ali Byram (1) and Arcanum's Taylor Gray (13) battle at the net in Thursday night WOAC action at Arcanum.
Lady Trojan, Sarah Koehl drills a kill in Arcanum's win over the visiting Lady Blackhawks
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