New Albany falls to Pontotoc in five sets

New Albany players get ready for the setup to return the ball against Pontotoc. The Lady Bulldogs lost to Pontotoc 3-2 on Tuesday. Pictured from left are: Emma Wilson,Hannah Anderson, Megan Dye, Darby Mills and Erin Michael Carter.

New Albany players get ready for the setup to return the ball against Pontotoc. The Lady Bulldogs lost to Pontotoc 3-2 on Tuesday. Pictured from left are: Emma Wilson,Hannah Anderson, Megan Dye, Darby Mills and Erin Michael Carter.


Photo by Dennis Clayton
New Albany came out strong against Pontotoc early, but Pontotoc rallied from a 2-1 deficit and won the match 3-2 on Tuesday. The Lady Bulldogs ran off six straight points to begin the set, then later ran off four straight points to take the 10-1 lead. New Albany later ran off another string of points as they increased the lead from 19-11 to 23-11 and took the first set 25-14.
Pontotoc jumped out to the early lead in the second set and New Albany could never catch up, even though they close the score to 19-16 before falling 25-18.
The Lady Bulldogs were red-hot in the early stages of the third set as they raced to a 9-0 lead. Pontotoc fought back to tie the score at 18-18 and came within a point of winning the set as they took a 24-22 lead. New Albany reached back and fought to tie the set at 25-25 and went on to score the final two points to take a 27-25 win and lead the match 2-1.
In the fourth set, New Albany again took the early lead at 7-1. However Pontotoc rallied to tie the set at 8-8 later. The teams would see nine ties and numerous lead changes before the Lady Warriors came out on top 25-23 to even the match at two sets apiece.
The fifth and deciding set saw New Albany take an early 2-0 before falling behind as much as 9-3 before closing the difference.Three different times the Lady Bulldogs got within a point of the lead, but just could not get the ball to go their way and Pontotoc hung on to win 15-11.
It was a hard fought contest for a division win between the neighboring sports rivals and both teams played aggressively.
Statistical leaders for New Albany were: Darby Mills – 13 kills, 3 blocks, 3 aces; Emma Wilson – 12 kills; Erin Michael Carter – 9 kills, 2 aces; Hannah Anderson – 14 assists, 4 kills, 5 aces and Christina Jefferies – 4 kills, 4 aces.
by Dennis Clayton
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About Dennis Clayton

I cover high school sports in Union County and occasionally contribute sports articles to sister community newspapers of Journal Inc. Follow me on Twitter: @denclayton for scores and updates on our local high school teams.