The Lady Pioneers hosted the Marion Lady Patriots for their senior night game Thursday evening. The Lady Pioneers (4-11, 4-7) fell to the Lady Patriots (14-3, 12-2) in four sets 23- 25,18-25, 25-17, 23-25.
In the first set both teams traded points back and forth after the Lady Patriots took the early lead. McKenzie Worley went on a three service run for the Lady Pioneers to tie the game at seven a piece.
After this, Daedrianna Cail of the Lady Patriots went on her own 3 service run to give Marion an 11-7 lead. Sophomore Kayla Ward had a big block to start a run for the Lady Pioneers. After this run the Lady Pioneers still trailed 12-14.
Soon after Ward went on another service run after a powerful spike to give the Lady Pioneers the serve back. Her service was good for three points, including an ace, but the Pioneers late effort was just not enough.
The Lady Patriots jumped out to a lead once again in the second set. Anna Caroline Fesmire went on a five service run, that included three aces, to move the Lady Patriots lead to 6-0.
The Lady Pioneers were forced to call a timeout to try and slow down the Lady Patriots offensive attack. It stopped that run, but could not slow the Lady Patriots down permanently.
The Lady Pioneers did get as close as two points at one point with seniors Halle Schroeder’s service run. Fesmire had a spike to set up the set winning serve from Kersten Jackson for the Lady Patriots.
The third set was a change of pace for both teams, but especially the Lady Pioneers. To start the set the Lady Pioneers jumped out to an early lead and kept pushing the tempo.
Isabella Floyd went on a seven point service run to give the Lady Pioneers a 14-5 lead. moved their lead to nine points at one point in the set.
With renewed energy, the Lady Pioneers moved into the fourth set and once again took the lead to start the game. But the Lady Patriots quickly scored five points off of Fesmire’s serves, three of which were aces. After this Ward went on a four service run with an ace to tie the game at 6 a piece. Both teams went back and forth this entire set, but it was the Lady Patriots who edged out the win.
Looking ahead, the Lady Pioneers will host the Searcy Lady Lions in their final game of the season Saturday night at 6.