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NEW LEBANON – The Franklin-Monroe Jets journeyed to Dixie for their league contest against the Greyhounds. Defense was the name of the game for the Jets as the Greyhounds fielded a taller front line. So the second line of the Jets had to dig hard to keep the ball in play. It did take 4 sets, but the visitors would drive home with the win 25-21, 21-25, 25-11, 25-16.
Coach, “We were a little inconsistent at times, but they found a way to work together and finish the game.”
The sole senior, Skylar Bauman, would be prominent in the win by the young team. She showed skill both at the net and in the second row as she helped guide the team to victory. When the Jets needed a rally she would be in the thick of it. She lead the team in kills with 12 and was near the top in several other categories.
“Skylar Bauman works her tail off every single night. And I thought that tonight it didn’t matter where she was on the floor. Whether she was serving, passing, setting, or attacking she stepped up big for us tonight. She was a huge asset for us – I can’t wait to see the stats for tonight.”
In the first set the Jets had to play from behind. With the score tied at 11 the Jets got the lead and didn’t look back. And under the serve of Sadie Bowser the team went on a 5-1 run to put some space between them and Dixie. Bauman had 2 kills during this run. After a timeout, Dixie made up a little ground, but the Jets fended off their challenge to get the early advantage.
The second set was the Jets to lose. They were up by 5 (13-8) at one point. Dixie had been misfiring their shots over the net and seemed out of sorts. But after that it seemed like the youthful squad relaxed instead of increasing the pressure, while the Greyhounds were determined to defend their home court. The Greyhounds battled back and down the stretch the score was tied 6 different times as each team struggled to pull ahead. Franklin-Monroe took a timeout with the score 19-19, but it was not enough to propel the team forward. Dixie outscored the Jets 6-2 for the win.
The third set was the most critical of the night. As a young team you don’t want to play from behind on the road. So regaining the momentum was critical. In this set, the team showed what they could become. They lead almost all the way. It was tied briefly 4-all, but after that it was all Franklin-Monroe. They overwhelmed Dixie with a 25-11 win. The Jets showed that they could play with perseverance when required by the situation. Bauman and Reanna Wright both were strong in this set.
“Reanna Wright is a very strong server. And she played strong for us tonight.”
The coach also had her assistant talk to the team during a timeout in this important third set, “Sometimes they just need to hear it from someone else. You tell them over and over but sometimes they need to hear it from a different perspective – and that is why I have great assistant coaches!”
It was close for most of the last set. But with the score 17-15, the Jets got a boost to soar away from the Hounds. Under who else but Skylar Bauman’s serve, the Jets then went on a 6-0 run to put the set out of reach 23-15. Both Wright and Rebecca Gilmore had kills during this rally.
“Rebecca Gilmore has developed quite a lot this year. She is getting into the role of being that huge middle blocker/middle hitter for us. She is learning to be aggressive and confident.”
Leading stats for the game: Kills: Bauman 12, Bowser, Gilmore, Allie Muhlenkamp, Wright all had 6; Assists: Wright 18, Bauman 10; Digs: Layni Norris 16, Sadie Bowser 14, Bauman 13; Service Aces: Wright, Jozlynn Wintrow, Muhlenkamp all had 3.