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St. Stephens found itself in a hole Tuesday after a conference match against rival Hickory. The Indians lost the first game 25-23 to the Red Tornadoes, but it rallied to win the next three games and rolled to 3-1 win at home against Hickory.
â€śAll the girls still saw Hickory on the front of the jerseys, then half way through the first game, they said itâ€™s just volleyball,â€ť St. Stephens coach Lauren McLelland said. â€śThey have heart, and thatâ€™s something Iâ€™m proud of. They have heart.â€ť
The Indians beat the Red Tornadoes 23-25, 25-23, 25-14 and 25-16. St. Stephens improved to 3-1 against the Northwestern 3-A/4-A and 8-6 overall. The loss was Hickoryâ€™s first in conference play, now 3-1, and it fell to 5-7 overall.
The Indians jumped out to big leads in two of the final three games. St. Stephens led 5-0 in Game 2 and 7-3 in Game 4. Hickory came back for 15-12 lead in the final game, but St. Stephens went on a 12-1 scoring run to win 25-16.
Two seniors led the Indians to the win. Senior Nicole Hardy, who returned Tuesday after missing two weeks with an ankle injury, had a team-high 16 kills, and Paige Heeke had 14. Both had one block. Abby Foster contributed 37 assists, and Taylor Cummins finished had 38 digs.View more articles in: