It took most of a set to get rolling, but once they did the Dublin Lady Lions never let up in a four-set, 17-25, 25-12, 25-20, 25-22 road win over Kopperl Tuesday night.
The victory was Dublin’s fourth straight, giving the Lady Lions a 4-1 record. Dublin head coach Pattileu Clark says she believes it is the best five-game mark the program has posted since she took over in 2000.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing, however, as things looked bleak early on when Kopperl jumped out to a 16-6 first-set lead.
“We weren’t focused at all in the first set, but after we fell behind 16-6 we outscored them 11-9 the rest of the way,” Clark said. “I thought we came out much more focused in the second set and it was a different story.”
After dominating game two, the Lady Lions used a combination of good serves and overpowering play at the net to cruise through the third set to steal the lead in the match. Dublin tallied seven aces in the third to go with 11 kills.
“We distributed the sets evenly among the hitters and that kept them off balance,” Clark said.
The head coach said she was especially pleased with her team’s defensive play, specifically that of libero Carolina Murrieta and defensive specialist Jocelyn Zuniga.
Dublin returns home for tournament action and a single game against Clifton this weekend. Tournament play is Thursday and Saturday, with the Lady Lions’ first match set for 2:15 p.m. Thursday against Perrin-Whitt. In between the two days of tournament play, Clifton visits Dublin for freshman, JV and varsity matches beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday.