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MONROE—The Lady Jets took care of their home court against the Garrett Railroaders on Tuesday night in an exciting ACAC contest that featured Adams Central sweeping the visitors in three games 25-14, 25-22, 25-20.
AC, now 3-0 in conference (10-2 overall), went through phases in the match against the Lady Railroaders but the end result was another "W" for coach Ashley Beard.
After falling behind 3-0 in the early going, the Jets held tough adjusting to a slow start and Garrett missed several key serves as well as some easy hits at the net to keep the set close until 12-12.
Senior Bess Fiechter seemed to sense the slow lag in the Jets' step becoming the vocal leader in set one. Fiechter would let her game do the talking to break the tie with a laser beam down the right sideline to give AC the lead once again. Feeding off of that, the Lady Jets would score 10 of the next 11 points to take a commanding 22-13 lead that Garrett simply could not recover from.
"Bess played really well for us in that game when we started out slow," praised coach Beard. "When we are a little slow, it helps when our hitters are on."
AC took the first set four plays later when Fiechter put the exclamation mark on a game well played by smashing a kill down the line once again.
The second set was a teeter-totter match between the two squads as Garrett led 8-5, then AC regained the edge at 11-8 on a 6-0 run. A few silly errors from poor passes kept the Railroaders tight the rest of the set with ties at 16-16 and 17-17.
At 14-13, AC earned a well-fought point from both squads that went on for several returns including an incredible nine digs combined, most of which were pancake saves nearly hitting the floor. The point concluded when junior Abbey Lichtle fired a kill to the back row that skipped off the arms of a Garrett player to the back of the gym.
A turning point occurred in set two with the Jets scoring a point at 18-17, then sophomore setter Madi Schwartz seized an opportunity for some trickery when she back-tapped a set to the unsuspecting Garrett line finding the floor right in the middle of four Railroaders all diving to get a finger tip on the ball.
The Jets would close out the second set playing even with Garrett 6-5 for the 25-22 score.
In the third and final set, Garrett played their best volleyball of the match despite AC's 4-0 start on the hot serving of Schwartz. The Railroaders had seven of their 12 blocks in the contest during the final stanza denying the Jets at every turn on the net.