A loss in its season opener followed by a week off had Dublin fired up to visit Keene, where the Lady Lions dominated 25-12, 25-18, 25-12 for their first victory of the season.

Dublin, now 1-1, was especially impressive considering they were missing libero Stormy Clark, putting extra pressure on defender Jamie Schultz.

"Jamie handled herself very well, I was proud of how she stepped up," said Dublin head coach Patty Clark. "In our scheme, the libero has a few more responsibilities than our other players, so she had to think a lot and she did a great job."

Passing was key for the Lady Lions.

"To give you an example of how focused we were, we only had two passes in the second set that didn't hit their mark," said Clark. "When we pass like that it makes the rest of the game a lot easier."

Several Lady Lions got in on the passing, as Kaiten DeVries tallied 11 digs, Jodi Belew added seven and four others had at least three.

Dublin's service game was also too much for struggling Keene. The Lady Lions produced nine aces, four of them by Belew. Kelci Frost added three while Kinsey Coleman and Schultz had two and one, respectively.

"A lot of the girls were jump serving and hitting their spots," said Clark. "We were focused and ready."

Middle blocker Margjie Damstra led the charge up front with 10 kills while DeVries and Frost each had five and Norma Marquez and Jodi Belew both tallied four. The hitters were primarily setup by Aubrey Leatherwood, who recorded 12 assists. Sonny Clark added seven.

Dublin heads to Gatesville today for tournament action that continues through Saturday.

"Hopefully we'll be at full strength," Clark said. "Stormy says she feels better, we'll just have to see what the (athletic) trainer says."