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Volleyball Team Defends Home Court Against a Pair of Ranked Opponents.
September 9th, 2010

What turned into a marathon evening of volleyball ended up with a couple of strong character wins for the Golden Lions.  St. Pius X turned back a set point in set 1 against Lovett (#4 in A/AA) and rallied to win in overtime 28-26.  They then lost a tight set 2 to bring on the deciding set.  Trailing 21-17, Ella Anastasiades served an impressive run to  score the final 8 points of the match.  In the nightcap against Oconee County (#6 in AAA) the Golden Lions squandered big lead in game 1 and faced another set point.  Yet again the team ralied for the victory.  This time it was a Grace McGoldrick serving run of 5 points that took the team from a 24-21 deficit to the 26-24 win.  Set 2 was an almost identical game, big lead for the Lions, run in the middle for Oconee and a late charge fending off multiple set points.  This time the rally fell short as the Warriors made the key play to get the win and force a third game.  In the 3rd it was Lions all the way, leading by as many as 7 and coasting home to a 25-19 victory.  In the Lovett match Grace McGoldrick led the team with 15 assists and 10 digs.  Leah Hardeman had 9 kills and Alex Bidgood added 6 more.  Against Oconee County Emily Morrison bounced back from an inconsistant performance against Lovett to dominate the match with 14 kills.  Mara Suarez played her best match of the season with 15 assists and a solid defensive effort.

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