The Lady Trojans (10-7, 5-1 AMC) took both matches in its conference double header against Lyon College (2-12, 0-6 AMC) for its fourth and fifth straight wins.
Freshmen Lindsay Smith led the way for Hannibal-LaGrange in its first match against Lyon with 19 kills, 10 digs and four aces. Junior Caitlin McCoy also had a good first match with 10 kills and 11 digs while senior Brook Van Es came away with nine kills and 17 digs.
Senior Kayla Grier led the Lady Trojans in digs during its first match of the day with 17 while fellow senior teammate Megan Henry came away with 39 assists and freshmen Lacey Hagan finished with a .500 hitting percentage.
The ladies jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the first set before Lyon mounted a 7-1 rally to tie the game at 10. HLGU quickly tried to kill the momentum and built three point leads several times but were unable to finish off the Lady Scots.
Lyon tied the set up twice more with HLGU answers after each point before the Lady Scots finally got over the hump and took a 24-23 lead. The Lady Trojans and Lady Scots traded the next six points before Lyon finally was able take the first set from Hannibal-LaGrange 28-26.
The Lady Trojans came out with a vengeance in the second set as it only allowed eight Lady Scot points and limited itself to just four service/attacking errors.
After climbing out to a 9-5 lead, the ladies used a 9-1 rally to really open the set up and take the game away from the Lady Scots. The rally featured several errors by the Lady Scots as well as kills from Smith and Hagan and aces from Henry and Smith.
The Lady Trojans closed the set outscoring Lyon 7-2 and taking the second game 25-8.
Hannibal-LaGrange fell behind 5-4 early in the third set but used an 8-1 run, highlighted by aces from Van Es and Grier, to go up by six.
The Lady Trojans maintained its lead and went up by as many as eight before the Lady Scots began to battle back and close the lead to 23-20. However, the Lyon run was too little, too late as Hannibal-LaGrange took a 2-1 match lead with its 25-21 win.
Hannibal-LaGrange led most of the way through the fourth set but, despite holding leads as high as six, couldn’t depose the Lady Scots. Lyon continued to fight through the Lady Trojans’ lead and eventually come within a point after an attacking error by Hannibal-LaGrange made it 22-21.
The Lady Trojans traded blows with Lyon before finally, behind seven Smith kills, it took the fourth set 25-23 and the first match 3-1.
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Smith again led the way in the Lady Trojans’ second match against Lyon with nine kills, eight digs and two aces while Van Es came away with eight kills. Henry finished with 15 assists, six digs and three aces and Hagan again led the team in hitting percentage at .429.
The first set was tightly contested between both squads but, as was the case in the first match of the day, Lyon trailed the Lady Trojans through most of the set.
Hannibal-LaGrange led early but twice fell behind by one before a Hagan kill tied the contest and a Lyon attacking error gave the ladies the lead for good. The Lady Trojans never were able to climb ahead by more than five but were able to close out the set with a 25-22 victory.
The Lady Trojans kept Lyon at an arm’s length in its second set with another 25-22 win. After losing the opening point, Hannibal-LaGrange never trailed again and consistently held leads of one to three points.
The ladies twice led by as many as seven late in the set before allowing the Lady Scots to close in on its lead. A 7-2 Lyon run made things interesting during the final points as it closed the gap down to one. However, the Lady Trojans used a kill by Smith and an attacking error by the Lady Scots to escape the set and go up 2-0 in the match.
The Lady Trojans led from start to finish in the third set which started off with an 8-1 run by Hannibal-LaGrange. The Lady Scots slowly climbed its way back into the contest and came within a point before another rally by the Lady Trojans increased its lead to four.
The ladies only allowed one more Lyon point to close out the set 25-18, take the second match 3-0 and sweep the Lady Scots in the Friday double-header.
Hannibal-LaGrange will be back in action Saturday in another conference double head this time against Williams Baptist College. The road contest is set to start at 11:30 a.m. with the second game to follow at 1:30 p.m.