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ET Volleyball: Longview falls short to Rockwall in district action

By Hayden Henry
Sept. 12, 2017 at 10:57 p.m.

Tuesday's match between Rockwall and Longview opened with a long, marathon opening point.

Over the rest of the match, the Lady Yellowjackets, however, kept their foot on the gas.

With a host of contributors and an aggressive attack, Rockwall downed Longview, 3-1, (25-17, 25-16, 23-25, 25-15) in District 11-6A action at Lobo Coliseum.

Both teams entered the match at 1-0 in early district action. Rockwall improves its overall record to 18-12, while the Lady Lobos drop to 18-9 overall.

"We knew Rockwall was going to be a tough team and that our serve-receive was going to be a big area against them," Longview head coach Chaka Jackson said. "We struggled in that area and they stayed aggressive in their serves.

"It threw us off our rhythm and we were on defense a lot tonight. When we did get it going, then we would have an unforced error."

Starting with strength at the line, Rockwall had five players notch at least six kills, led by 10 from senior Ginger Stephenson.

Victoria Garza followed with nine kills and Brette Thornton followed with eight for Rockwall, who jumped to a 2-0 lead.

Megan Browning set it all up with 22 assists and freshman McKenzie Johnson was strong at the service stripe.

For Longview, Destiny McAfee finished with eight kills. Kennedy Eynon and Malaika Pencheon added five kills.

Eynon had 11 assists, 11 digs and an ace as well.

A strong point for the Lady Lobos was at the net, where McAfee had seven blocks, Taylor Hendrix four and Eynon three.

After a back-and-forth start, Rockwall pulled away 13-8 and used a host of hitters along the way for a 25-17 win in the opening set.

Eynon had an ace and McAfee two kills and a block as Longview jumped to a 7-4 lead in the second set.

That's when Johnson constructed a 9-0 run for the Lady Yellowjackets. Longview pulled to within four, 19-15, before Johnson sealed the second set with back-to-back aces.

Four unforced errors put Longview in a quick 5-0 hole in the third before five-straight from Eynon pulled the Lady Lobos to within two, 11-9.

Eynon then had two blocks and a kill to rally Longview for a 16-16 tie, which extended to 20-20. After a final tie at 23-all, two errors kept Longview alive with a 25-23 win.

Jaden Coles started the fourth set with nine-straight from the line, spelling Rockwall to a 25-15 win and the sweep.

Longview hosts Mesquite at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Lobo Coliseum.



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