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Walsingham Volleyball registered a thrilling victory over rival HRA on September 8, knocking off the Navigators in five sets in front of a lively crowd in Chismer Athletic Complex. The win pushes the Trojans’ record to 4-3 on the season and 3-1 at home. Walsingham returns to action on September 14 when they host Steward.
1st Set: Walsingham 25, HRA 15
The Navigators were the first to establish an advantage, going ahead 10-7 early. But the Trojans responded, using kills from senior Chelsea Marcombe and a pair of aces from sophomore Gabby Deschenes to surge ahead 17-13. Walsingham then turned to senior Lejla Topcic, whose service fueled a seven point run to go ahead 24-14, before putting the set away 25-15.
2nd Set: Walsingham 25, HRA 20
HRA again found itself ahead, using a 8-1 run to move ahead 14-12. Walsingham responded with an 8-0 run behind service from senior Caroline Rosack, who recorded three aces in the spurt, to move ahead 20-14. HRA continued to make noise, but a kill from Ginny Lynch secured the set for the Trojans, 25-20.
3rd Set: HRA 25, Walsingham 22
The Navigators pushed ahead 10-4 early. The Trojans worked to close the gap, using an ace from sophomore Cat Williams and kill from Lejla Topcic to move within 13-12. But HRA never let the score draw even, repeatedly fending off Walsingham runs and eventually winning the set 25-22.
4th Set: HRA 25, Walsingham 21
With momentum on its side, the Navigators came out on fire in the fourth set, winning the first nine points and eventually building a lead as big as 19-7. The Trojans refused to fold, using an extended run to close within 21-16 and later 24-21. But the deficit was too much to overcome, as the Navigators wrapped the fourth set 25-21.
5th Set: Walsingham 15, HRA 12
In the pivotal fifth set, the Trojans were finally the team to gain an early advantage, breaking a 5-5 tie with a 5-0 run off two Olivia Hinojosa aces. The Navigators steadily fought back into the match, closing within 12-10 and later 14-12. Walsingham slammed the door on a kill from Hinojosa to wrap up the set 15-12 and the match 3-2.
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