Lady Friars overcome slow start to drop Prestonwood

Sophomore Izzy Aguilar continued her run of strong outings Thursday with 20 assists and nine digs in the Lady Friars' 3-1 win over Prestonwood Christian. – Photo by Preston Patton
Sophomore Izzy Aguilar continued her run of strong outings Thursday with 20 assists and nine digs in the Lady Friars' 3-1 win over Prestonwood Christian. – Photo by Preston Patton

Bishop Lynch took the hardest punches Prestonwood Christian could deliver Thursday night, and then delivered the counterpunches that put the visitors on the mat.

The top-ranked Lady Friars (19-4, 3-0) shook off a rusty start to win three straight sets and notch a 3-1 win by scores of 18-25, 25-21, 25-16 and 25-19.

Fourth-ranked Prestonwood (18-8, 3-2) took advantage of seven hitting errors by the Lady Friars in the opening set to take the early match lead, but once the Lady Friars found their composure, the tables quickly turned.

The teams battled to a 14-14 ties in the second set before senior Madi Tyus hammered a pair of her team-high 15 kills to help tie the match. Tyus also served five aces to go with seven digs.

The visitors didn't go away easy, taking the lead in the third set before a five-point run put Bishop Lynch ahead for good. The Lady Friars ran off eight straight points to end the set.

With their opponent on the verge of defeat, the Lady Friars got off to a fast start in the fourth set, taking leads of 8-2 and 15-7 on their way to the win.

Alex Galicia (22 assists) and Izzy Aguilar (20 assists) helped set teammates for a total of 50 kills in the match. Lauryn Green had 13 and Elizabeth Moreland added 10. Natalie Bennett tallied a team-high 15 digs.

The Lady Friars continue a tough district stretch Monday, hosting No. 6 Parish Episcopal and visiting ninth-ranked Ursuline the following night.

  

TEAM DIST. OVERALL
Ursuline Academy 4-0 20-12
Bishop Lynch 3-0 19-4
Parish Episcopal 3-0 22-2
Prestonwood Christian 3-2 18-8
Liberty Christian 2-2 18-5
John Paul II 2-3 11-6
Trinity Christian 1-3 15-14
Nolan Catholic 1-4 19-11
Bishop Dunne 0-5 3-12