Coming into this volleyball season, Lexington Christian Academy Coach Teresa Ford extolled the strength of her front line, led by the talented Evans sisters.
Jen Evans, a 5-foot-11 senior, and Alli Evans, a 5-10 sophomore, drove home Ford's point — and lots of points on the court — as host LCA beat Bryan Station in straight sets, 25-20 and 25-10, Thursday night.
The siblings, along with Bitty Ach, Emily Terry and Jade Evanoff, were too much for young and relatively inexperienced Bryan Station.
"We've just got some tall, good hitters," Ford said. "They're very aggressive, they like to hit, and they take every advantage to hit."
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In the first set, the Evans sisters combined for six kills, and also shone from the back row. Between them they had nine serves that Bryan Station couldn't handle.
"We've really been focusing on placing our serves," Ford said. "We usually have a good run in each game. It's usually Alli that does that for us."
The Evanses were also big factors in the second-set runaway, combining for eight points at the net and from the back row.
Terry and Evanoff were also effective at the net for the defending district champs.
What pleased Ford the most was how the Eagles closed strong.
In the first set, they rallied from a 19-17 deficit by rattling off six of the last seven points. In the second set, they were in control from the start, and didn't let up.
"I think the girls have finally figured out how to finish," Ford said.
Alli Evans agreed.
"Earlier this season we'd be winning but couldn't finish. We're mentally stronger now and have a refuse-to-lose attitude. We're playing more as a team. Our passes are getting better, and we're moving and talking better."
LCA also had a little bit of motivation Thursday night, knowing Bryan Station won their pre-season scrimmage.
"We were pretty mad we lost to them, so we wanted to get them back," said Jen Evans, a three-year starter.
Bryan Station Coach Aussie Stoencheva also remembered that pre-season meeting.
"I don't like what happened tonight because we beat them the last time," she said. "I think we were not focused very well this time. (LCA) made some beautiful plays, but we had a lot of unforced errors, too."
With only two seniors and a roster lacking a lot of game experience, the Defenders are learning as they go.
Stoencheva thought senior setter Melissa Boyle, junior outside hitter Rachel Murphy and junior libero Tiara Taylor distinguished themselves with their effort against LCA.
"We're very young and working hard," she said. "But tonight, we were far out-sized by (LCA)."