According to Holly Pond volleyball coach April Hays, the Broncos started out slow Tuesday during a home tri-match against Cullman and Fairview.

After losing the first game versus Cullman 28-18, Holly Pond narrowly took the following two frames — 27-25, 15-11 — to defeat their in-county opponent.

Courtney Deese led the Broncos in kills with 11, and Kendall Rowell was the top dog in assists with 10. Deese also had 11 passes, seven digs, three assists, one solo block and one block assist. Rowell’s other contributions included four digs, two passes and one ace.

Other notable Holly Pond performances in the Cullman match are as follows: Taylor Rowell, 13 passes, nine digs, seven kills, four aces, one ace and one block assist; Raeven Gilley, nine assists, five digs, two kills and two aces; Erin Stephens, six kills, five passes, three digs, two assists and two solo blocks; Lexy Malone, five passes, two kills, two digs, one assist and one block assist; Tylor Terry, four passes, three kills, two digs and two block assists; Kendra Moore, three passes, two assists and one dig; Lexi Lynn, three digs and two passes; and Tess Kimbrough, three digs.

Following the victory, Holly Pond then turned right around and beat Fairview in two games — 26-24, 25-15. Coach Hays said the Broncos’ defense was much improved from their first match, and she was pleased with the squad’s blocking abilities at the net.

Although they were down seven points at one time in the first game, Holly Pond was still able to squeak by before putting it away with the second-game win.

In the Aggies’ match, Taylor Rowell led Holly Pond in kills with seven, and Kendall Rowell’s seven assists was the team high. Taylor also had six passes, five digs, two aces and two block assists. Kendall also contributed two kills, one ace and one dig.

Other notable Broncos’ performance against Fairview included: Deese, nine passes, five digs, four kills and one ace; Malone, three solo blocks, two kills, one dig, one pass and one block assist; Terry, five kills, two block assists, one pass and one solo block; Stephens, two passes, one kill, one assist and one dig; Gilley, six assists, three digs and one ace; Moore, six passes and one block assist; Lynn, five passes and two digs; and Kimbrough, four passes and two digs.

The Broncos’ are now 10-6 (1-1) and will hit the road to face off against Ashville High and Hokes Bluff today in Ashville.

The Bearcats (3-8) will also be on the court today on the road against Lawrence County.

Following the loss to Holly Pond, the Aggies (14-5) will attempt to rebound today during a tri-match at home against East Lawrence and West Point. At 1-1 in region play, Fairview will look to improve that mark against East Lawrence.

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