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Lady Blue Devils Put Up Tough Fight In Loss To Lions - Brevard, NC


August 31, 2017

Jeremiah Reed

Brevard sophomore Maddie Hall readies herself to loft a shot over the net during the third set of the Lady Blue Devils' match against Asheville Christian Academy on Tuesday. Brevard made the Lions work for the victory, putting up a solid effort down the stretch.

They didn't get the result, but the Brevard Lady Blue Devil volleyball team looked markedly improved from the beginning of the season in a 3-0 loss to undefeated Asheville Christian Academy on Tuesday.

Brevard didn't seem intimidated by the Lions and didn't get off to a slow start like they did in their first home matches of the season.

An ace from Madison Baldridge gave Brevard an early 3-1 lead in the first set before the Lions moved ahead 6-4.

The Lady Blue Devils responded, as a kill from Kaitlyn Pressley tied the score at 6-6.

The set was back-and-forth, with ACA maintaining a slight lead and Brevard fighting to keep things close.

An ace from Brooklyn Rising gave Brevard a 14-13 lead, but the Lions answered back to later tie the score at 16-16.

Then, a Lions' shot hit just in front of the home bench and was ruled inside the line, much to the chagrin of Brevard coach Cori Bryson.

The Lions used that to steal the momentum and rallied to take a 22-18 lead, going on to take the first set 25-20.

Things took a turn for the worse in the second set, as ACA jumped out to a 7-1 lead and never looked back.

The Lions stretched the score to 17-3 at one point before Brevard put together a small rally capped off by an ace from Brooke Nanney that made it 18-8.

However, the Lady Blue Devils never threatened a comeback and the Lions took the set 25-12.

But just when it looked like ACA was going to win with ease, Brevard refused to go down quietly.

The Lions jumped out to a 9-4 lead only to see Brevard claw back to within two points at 11-9.

The Lady Blue Devils played remarkable defense on the floor and at the net in the third set and forced the Lions into several extended points.

Brevard got the score to 14-13 before the Lions rallied for six straight points.

The Lady Blue Devils responded with a run of their own to cut the lead to 21-16, but it proved to be their final gasp as the ACA closed out the set 25-18 to take the match.

The loss drops Brevard to 1-4, but even in defeat it was evident how much the young Lady Blue Devil team had developed in just the first few weeks of the season.

"I'm definitely seeing improvement," Bryson said after the match. "We're cutting down on our young mistakes, which is what our focus is every day at practice. So, we're showing some gains, we're only going to get better and I feel like we're going to see improvement in every game."

Bryson said moving forward, her primary focus is working on the team's serve receive and getting into a better flow on offense.

"Our serve receive right now is killing us. We're not anywhere where we need to be in order to get the ball to our big hitters. I need to get the ball to Madison and right now we can't do that," she said.

Brevard travels to Polk County on Thursday and plays on the road at Rosman next Wednesday.


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