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9/18/2012 9:46:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
LHS spikers lose five; Litherland all-tourney
FLORA - Lawrenceville High School's volleyball team failed to win a set Saturday, while falling five times in the Flora Invitational.

The Indians (1-15) dropped matches to host Flora (25-14, 25-14), Cisne (25-9, 25-20), Louisville-North Clay (25-18, 25-22), Dieterich (25-18, 25-18) and St. Elmo (25-14, 25-17) as their losing streak grew to eight consecutive matches.

LHS coach Trinity Britton said that after a lackluster match against the Wolves to start the day, she used the tournament as a way to evaluate a lot of players.

"I'm not afraid to try things and make changes in search of something," she said. "Taking this approach helped us identify some new things and confirm some things I already suspected."

A bright spot for the Indians was the play of senior libero Heidi Litherland, who was named to the all-tournament team.

She topped the squad with five aces in the tournament, and the team scored points on 16 of her 32 serves. She led the team with 73 pass attempts. She also had a team-high 28 digs with no errors and added three back-row kills.

"Heidi worked hard throughout the summer on her passing, serving and all-around general play," Britton said. "We're all proud of her and glade the other coaches recognized the effort and attitude she displayed on the court throughout the tournament."

Kourtney Osmon led the Tribe with 16 kills in the tournament, while McKenzi Kelly added 12, Hannah Johnson 10, Taylor Houck eight and Abby Higginbotham four. Also at the net, Kelly had 17 blocks. Rona Taylor added three aces and Higginbotham two. Katy Trinkle led the team with 33 assists, while Osmon and Johnson both contributed five.

"Although the win-loss record was not what we wanted and there were mistakes made," Britton said. "There were also moments of greatness and glimpses of what each lady is capable of when they have their minds in the right place and allow themselves to play."

The Indians will travel to Robinson on Thursday.



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