DELPHOS — Jefferson’s volleyball unit battled Lima Central Catholic tooth-and-nail in the first set Tuesday night at Jefferson High School, eventually falling 26-24. The Lady Jeffcats could never get back the same level of play or intensity and fell 25-10, 25-12 in the next two sets to fall in a Northwest Conference tussle. It was a combination of the high level the Wildcats (4-5, 1-2 NWC) were playing at in the first set and more mistakes than usual from the Lady Thunderbirds (10-2, 3-0 NWC). It was a set of runs: 3-0 LCC, 6-0 Delphos; 5-0 LCC; 5-0 Wildcats; 5-0 guests. A kill by LCC senior Shanna Farler (10 kills) tied the set at 16. From then on, neither team could put together more than a 3-point spurt. A hit off the block by Jefferson senior Fallon Van Dyke tied it at 24. However, a kill by junior Lauren Jennings and an ace by Mackenzie Conley (5 for the match) put the opener in the visitor book.
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