MONROE- The ACAC regular season title was on the line at the Hangar on Tuesday night as the Lady Jets welcomed the Leo Lions.
A day removed from their loss at Norwell, Leo came out swinging as they put down the Jets in four sets 25-13, 25-18, 23-25, 25-21.
"It was a very tough start to the week," AC coach Ashley Beard noted after the match. "Leo and Norwell are a lot alike in that they are both teams who block very well at the net and that's something we haven't come across a lot this year. We played awful in the match last night and carried it over in the first two games here tonight."
The Lady Jets suffered a case of self-destruction in the first set coming out flat with many mental mistakes allowing Leo to set the tone early and often. After a 5-5 tie was broken by four straight Leo points, the Lions would keep up that pace until 13-8 when they turned on the burners and put the Jets away scoring 12 of the next 17 points to take the first set.
Adams Central had eight unforced errors in the first set including three missed serves.
The Jets came alive to start the second set coming out with more energy getting the crowd involved when they scored the first three points. The lid nearly came off the dome of the gym when Whitney Peterson smashed a kill through the Lions’ back row putting AC up 5-1.
The hot start would not last as the Lions clawed their way back after several long volleys between the two teams that the visitors would win outlasting AC to get back to within 9-7. The Jets scored the next two points pushing the lead back to four points at 11-7 before getting four straight of their own for an 11-11 tie.
The two teams would neutralize each other’s offenses with the next four points trading scores on four consecutive blocks putting the score at 13-13.
The turning point of the second set came after a 15-15 tie when AC scored only three of the next 13 points allowing Leo to take the second set by a seven-point margin deflating the fans once more.
The third set felt like a do-or-die situation for the Jets and both teams played extremely well on defense prolonging points for huge rallies with plenty of action at the net. There were also nine ties in the set compared to 13 ties in the other three sets combined.