Early improves to 2-7 in district with one game left

DUBLIN — The Early Lady Horns kept their faint postseason hopes alive with a second consecutive District 6-3A volleyball victory Friday night, knocking off the Dublin Lady Lions in five sets, 25-21, 20-25, 27-25, 17-25, 15-11.

“We came out swinging and never quit swinging,” said Early first-year head coach Natalie Whitewood, whose team improved to 2-7 in district action. “We worked the cut again and played an outstanding team game. I am proud and blessed to be a part of this team. We really played a heck of a good game.”

Trinity Tomlinson's 11 kills paced the Lady Horn offense trailed by nine from Ellie Ryan, six from Kacee Gober, four from Jenna Whitehead, two each from Vance Cady Gordon and Hope Boswell, and one apiece from CyLee Tyson, Emma Loven and Lainey Speck.

Tyson dished out 13 assists while Gordon contributed eight, Gober added two and Ryan, Loven, Boswell, Whitehead, Speck and Tomlinson received credit for one apiece.

Tyson also served four aces followed by three each from Gober and Speck and one apiece from Brilee Tabor and Morgan Luckie.

Defensively, Loven recorded 37 digs followed by Tomlinson with 22, Tyson with 16, Gordon with 15, Tabor and Hallie Brinson with nine each, Whitehead and Speck with six apiece, Boswell and Gober with three each and Luckie with one.

At the net, Gober chalked up six blocks and Tomlinson added one.

Early wraps up the regular season at home at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, where a third straight win could place the Lady Horns in a tie for fourth place and the final playoff berth from District 6-3A.