DUBLIN — The Early Lady Horns were derailed in their final match of the first half of District 6-3A volleyball action Friday, falling on the road in five sets to the Dublin Lady Lions, 21-25, 25-21, 18-25, 25-16, 16-14.

“This was the first really pressure game we have ever had in our program’s history and our girls responded with tremendous will, grit and grace,” said Lady Horns head coach Natalie Whitewood. “In my opinion, it was our best game of the season, it just hurts so much that we didn’t come out on top. I’m so proud of them and even more proud to be a Lady Horn. It’s an honor just to be on the court with these ladies.”

The Lady Horns slipped to 3-2 in district action and 19-13 overall with the loss.

Kacee Gober’s 13 kills ignited the Early offense trailed by nine from Hope Boswell, five from Trinity Tomlinson, four by Ellie Ryan, three by Taylor Summers, and two each by Alexa Portillo and Kenzie Poindexter.

Summers dished out 13 assists with seven coming from Vance Cady Gordon and each from Gober and Emma Loven.

Tomlinson and Haley Spieckerman served two aces each while Gordon and Portillo added one apiece.

Defensively, Tomlinson led the way with 29 digs followed by Loven with 20, Summers with 18, Portillo with 15, Spieckerman with 13, Gober with six, Ryan and Boswell with five apiece and Poindexter with one.

Gober logged four blocks at the net while Poindexter and Ryan contributed one apiece.

Early begins the second half of the league slate at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hamilton.