Lady Jets survive scare from Stars


     BERNE—It's never a sure thing when two county teams come together as the Lady Jets found out Thursday night against South Adams.

     Adams Central found a way to win in the end during an electric five-set match 25-23, 18-25, 25-22, 25-12, 8-15.

     More importantly, with Leo topping Bluffton Thursday night, the Jets' win over SA nets them a share of the ACAC regular season title. The win was hard to come by, even against the team at the bottom of the league standings.

     "We definitely overcame the start we had in this game," noted AC coach Ashley Beard. "We didn't have the greatest week but we'll take it."

     The Lady Jets fell to Norwell and then Leo on Monday and Tuesday. Thursday night's contest against South Adams seemed like a sure thing going in but as it usually happens between the three Adams County schools, the Starfires would not go quietly. 

     "Anytime it's a county rivalry you expect a battle," stated Beard. "I don't know where they fell in the conference but if they played like this there is no way they should have been at the bottom."

     With the loss, SA stayed in the basement of the conference with an 0-7 mark but clearly showed they are not the same team that started the year scrambling for a win.

     "We've been waiting to play like this all year long," Stars' coach Amie Sprunger explained. "Win or lose we needed to leave it on the court and we did that tonight finally."

     Sophomore outside hitter Cady Farlow hit a sharp kill down the line to put the Stars on top to open the match that was followed by Adams Central's Bess Fiechter smashing one down the middle to tie the score up. The entire first set played out in back and forth fashion with neither team leading by more than four points. 

     The Lady Jets created some breathing room scoring three straight leading 11-7, but after an SA timeout, the Stars would respond and knot the score back up at 17-17 eventually on a Farlow ace followed by an Alyssa Bluhm smash that sent the gym into a raucous. The Stars would open up their biggest lead of the set at 21-18 before coach Beard would talk it over with her girls. AC would score the next two to cut the lead to one but the teams would trade points back and forth until 24-23 when a Jet error gave the game to the home team.