Lafayette defeated Lexington Catholic in its 43rd District opener.
The Generals won in four sets (25-18, 26-28, 25-10, 25-19) to improve to 7-4 on the season. They picked up their first district victory in nearly two years after going winless last season.
It was Lafayette’s third win in its last four matches.
Lexington Catholic had won three of its last four entering the game, including a sweep of Lexington Christian in their own district opener. The Knights (4-3) rallied from behind in the second game to win after extra vollies, but couldn’t sustain that momentum and Lafayette quickly pulled away in game three.
“We served really tough that third game and really put it on them,” Lafayette Coach Chris Langston said. “And really, that fourth game was back-and-forth again but we found a way to win there at the end.”
Senior libero Keyton Kinley, who’s committed to play at Tennessee, sat out last season with a shoulder injury.
“I messed up all the rotator cuff stuff and I didn’t get to play,” Kinley said with a smile. “It makes us all more hungry this year. ... We’re just trying to get it done.”
Kennedy Powell, Lafayette’s only other senior on a team that’s starting three freshmen, is still recovering from an ankle injury suffered during a summer tournament. She had several soft kills for the Generals on Thursday night, including the finisher in game three.
“She’s probably about 75 percent but when she’s a senior, she’s not gonna come off the floor,” Langston said. “ ... (She) got a couple of big tips over the big block that were big for us in runs that we had to have.”