JACKSON - The Jackson Ironladies volleyball team dramatically won its fifth-straight match Thursday night, erasing an early 1-0 deficit to defeat Chillicothe in five sets (20-25, 25-21, 27-25, 20-25, 15-13) on the home court.
Two different Jackson attackers had double-digit kills, with Abbey Munn (17 kills, 7 digs) and Kylee Bako (11 kills, 8 digs) leading the way. Munn also had five solo blocks, including five block assists.
Holly Sexton finished with eight kills for Jackson with four solo blocks and six block assists.
Jackson libero Emma Stroth led the defense with double-digit digs with 33, while Jenna Smalley added 20, Reaghann Folden had 14, and Halle Hughes 10.
"This was probably the best we've played all year," said Jackson head coach Jay Martin. "The girls came together tonight. They were energized in warm-ups, and it carried over into the match.
"This was a huge confidence builder tonight. We had a lot of girls step up and make plays."
The Ironladies trailed 10-8 in the fifth set, but they were not rattled. Instead, they rallied to pull ahead and put the pressure on the Lady Cavaliers. Then with the set tied 13-13, back-to-back kills by Munn gave Jackson the win.
"I told the girls before we went into that fifth set, regardless of what happens, they have finally taken the big step," said Martin. "The first half of the season was a little rough, but we have come together in the second half, and I am very proud of how we are playing right now. This was a big win for us tonight."
The Ironladies have now won six of its last seven matches to improve to 9-10 overall and 6-4 in the Frontier Athletic Conference. With the loss, Chillicothe dropped to 13-9 (9-1 FAC).
Trips to Warren on Monday and Peebles on Wednesday await the Ironladies. Then they will return home on Thursday to take on Racine Southern on Senior Night.
Jackson 3,Miami Trace 0
JACKSON - The Jackson Ironladies volleyball squad cruised to a three-set sweep over Miami Trace in a Frontier Athletic Conference matchup on Tuesday. The Ironladies won by the set scores 25-12, 25-20, and 26-24.
Abbey Munn with 12 kills and 4 blocks paced the Ironladies, while Kylee Bako added six kills for Jackson.
Jackson libero Emma Stroth paced the defense with 19 digs, while setter Grace Walburn had a team-high 13 assists. She had 41 ballhandling attempts with no errors on the night.
"We have finished the back half of our schedule strong," said Jackson head coach Jay Martin. "Right now, the girls are playing with enthusiasm and heart and more importantly, they are playing together.
"The first set tonight was probably the best we've played as a team. I don't think a ball hit the floor. Overall, the girls played well. You are always worried after homecoming weekend how the girls will play, and I couldn't be more proud of them."