Volleyball falls to Cavaliers

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Junior Amy Reynolds jumps to block to ball and stop her opponents from scoring.

After coming off a two game winning streak, varsity volleyball went into their game against Woodson with high hopes. However, the Atoms were not able to conquer over Woodson and lost one set to three.

The Atoms’ record now stands at 6-4, but they are 1-1 in the district, after previously defeating Lee.

Despite the outcome of the Woodson game, the girls are still proud of how they played.

“This was our best match of the season,” said junior Amy Reynolds.

The Cavaliers took command of the game early, winning the first set 25-16 and the second set 25-17.

The third set finally brought victory to AHS, but it did not come easily. Neither the Atoms nor the Cavaliers wanted to give up a loss and the back and forth game required the teams to go continue playing past the standard 25 point mark. The final score of the third set was 27-25, giving the Atoms a narrow victory.

“I think we won our third set because our momentum was up and we really wanted to beat [Woodson],” senior Clare Lazar said.

During the final set, there were several lead changes as the Atoms attempted to win another set, which would bring the game to a tie. The back-and-forth set ended in a close loss with a score of 24-26 giving Woodson the final win of the match.

“I think we always need to improve our defense, communication and keeping our energy up throughout the whole game,” Lazar said.

The Atoms are remaining optimistic about their season and already looking forward instead of dwelling on the recent loss.

“I think the rest of this season will go well and we will finish with a good record heading into districts,” sophomore Kaitlyn Cook said.

The Atoms still have five district game left in the regular season to improve their record going into the postseason.

“We have a good shot at being the top of our district and going to regionals,” head coach Jan Austin said.

The Atoms’ next game will be Thursday at South County, who defeated AHS 3-0 last year.