High school volleyball: Senior leads Lafayette to sweep of Bryan Station

mfields@herald-leader.comSeptember 5, 2013 

It was Lafayette's youth and inexperience against Bryan Station's inexperience and youth in high school volleyball Thursday night.

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Host Lafayette swept the Defenders 25-12, 25-22, 25-15 in large part because it had the most veteran player on the court in senior Chandler Kinley.

Kinley has played for the Generals' varsity since she was an eighth-grader, and up until this season she was a libero (defensive specialist).

She turned that position over to her sister, freshman Keyton Kinley, this year, however, and assumed the roles of setter and team leader.

Lafayette Coach Chris Langston saw Chandler's leadership in action in Thursday night's second set when Bryan Station built a 20-14 lead before the Generals rallied and prevailed.

"I thought Chandler did a great job settling the girls down and getting them to relax," Langston said. "That tells me she has this team's ear. It's great to have a senior leader the kids listen to."

Kinley, an experienced setter in club volleyball, had 29 assists against Bryan Station.

Morgan Allen led the offense with 14 kills. Allen is a newcomer, sort of. She played with Kinley and Morgan Johnson at Jessie Clark Middle School before moving to Western Kentucky.

Allen played at Christian Fellowship in Marshall County before moving back to Lexington for her senior year.

"She's very athletic and can be really good the more she learns," Langston said.

Allen also had 12 digs, as did Keyton Kinley.

In the pivotal second set, Allen, the Kinley sisters and Morgan Johnson accounted for all the points in Lafayette's 11-2 closing flourish.

Even though the Generals are young, Langston has high hopes for them.

"This was only our fifth match of the season, our first (best-of-five), and we did a lot of good things.

"But we've got a lot of growing to do, and we'll do that. We'll learn how to adjust and make things happen."

Chandler Kinley agreed that the Generals "have a long, long way to go. But I see a lot of potential."

Bryan Station Coach Bonnie Bollmer has the same take on her team.

The Defenders took a big hit last week when freshman Shelby McLean, a middle hitter who played as an eighth-grader, suffered a season-ending knee injury against Scott County.

Nevertheless, Bollmer sees lots of promise in her team, especially in sophomore Tyran Chenault and freshmen Kayla Sheehan and Shania Rayford. Junior libero Venus Ross had 22 digs Thursday night.

"I'm so positive, I have a lot of faith in these girls," Bollmer said. "We're young, but I expect a lot out of them and I know they'll do well."

Mike Fields: (859) 231-3337. Twitter: @MikeFieldsNotes. Blog: fieldsnotes.bloginky.com.

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