The Lady Barons volleyball team beat the La Roche Red Hawks 3-1 in its last home game of the season Wednesday evening.
After originally leading but eventually losing the first game, the Lady Barons fought hard for a comeback and subsequently won the following three games, thus ending their last home conference match victoriously.
Following an initially rough start full of impressive saves but poor aim, the Barons began to control the ball and took the lead. At 20-15 Barons, the Red Hawks started a scoring spree with only two Baron points interspersed. Despite the Barons’ strong lead, the Red Hawks took the first game 25-22.
The second game began unpromisingly, and the Red Hawks took the lead, quickly bringing the score to 9-1. The Barons finally scored another point from a kill by right side and middle hitter Meghan Bayer, thus beginning their comeback. The ladies played catch–up for most of the match until they reached 19-16 Red Hawks. The Barons scored nine unchallenged points and won the game 25-19.
In the third round, it was anyone’s game. The Barons and Red Hawks went back and forth, staying close in points. About halfway through, the Barons gained a stronger lead, and they eventually won the game 25-16.
Renewed by their two successful games, the Barons took to the court for the fourth game ready to end it. They quickly scored four points to the Red Hawks’ one, and they maintained a lead of close to double for most of the game. The ladies played confidently as a team, and they ended the set 25-15.
“I was just so proud of my team,” said head coach Kelly Herrmann. “We lost that lead in the first game because of a little weakness in serve receive, but then they came back, and they played so strong, aggressive, smart. … It’s just nice to finish with a good match.”
The Lady Barons’ next game will be away, against Hilbert College Nov. 2, and then they will take to the road for the tournament Wednesday.