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Lyman claims District 13B title

PRESHO -- The Lyman Raiders took care of business on Thursday night on their home court in the District 13B championship match, defeating Jones County in three sets in Presho.

Lyman volleyball players Raeann Patrick (13) and Ashton Smith (15) attempt to block a kill from Jones County outside hitter Sierra McGowan (3) in the District 13B championship on Thursday night in Presho. (Jerrett Mills/Republic)
Lyman volleyball players Raeann Patrick (13) and Ashton Smith (15) attempt to block a kill from Jones County outside hitter Sierra McGowan (3) in the District 13B championship on Thursday night in Presho. (Jerrett Mills/Republic)

PRESHO - The Lyman Raiders took care of business on Thursday night on their home court in the District 13B championship match, defeating Jones County in three sets in Presho.

Set scores were 25-19, 25-22 and 25-23.

Jones County - the defending district champions - was able to hang with the Raiders, but the Lyman (21-10) offensive attack was too strong for Jones County.

Junior outside hitter Ashton Smith led the Raider attack with 10 kills, one solo block, one block assist and four ace serves.

"She brings a lot of energy and she hustles up and down that net," Lyman head coach Keith Herman said. "She is one of our lead blockers for the season and you can count on her to bring herself back into things."

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In the first set, Jones County (14-14) took an early lead, thanks to a few Lyman serving errors but the Raiders quickly shut the door to win set one. In set two, it was nearly point for point between the two teams, but the Raiders were able to capitalize on the offensive attack from 6-2 junior Shelby Schindler.

Late in the third set, Jones County fought hard to stave off victory, matching the Raiders point for point. With the game stalled at 23-23, Lyman was able to answer with two points of their own to put Jones County out of the match for good.

"We were looking forward to beating these guys again," Smith said. "We knew it wasn't going to be easy."

Schindler tallied 12 kills and one block in the contest for Lyman. Hanna Thiry and Carly Uthe chipped in 15 assists apiece for the Raiders.

"Our blocking wasn't real well with them tonight," Jones County head coach Shannon Louder said. "We knew we had to be a blocking team, other than that we needed to make sure our passes were in the right spot at the right time and obviously they weren't were they needed to be."

Statistically for Jones County, Garline Boni recorded six kills, while Calli Glaze added three kills. Molly Nies picked up six assists in the loss.

As the Raiders take another step closer to region play, Lyman head coach Keith Herman said that the Raiders were going to work on their serve-receive, passing and hitting the ball when it's coming from behind.

"We were trying to make fewer mistakes tonight," Herman said. "We kept trying to hit the ball and keep attacking, attacking. That's what we have been teaching them all year."

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Lyman will play in the Region 7B championship game on Nov. 10 against either Philip or Wall, squaring off against the District 14B champion. That match will be decided tonight in Wall. Regardless of the outcome, Lyman will be on the road in the region championship game at the District 14B champion's home court.

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