ABILENE – Returning to the court for the first time in a week, the Brownwood Lady Lions volleyball team put forth perhaps their most determined effort of the season in notching a five-set victory over the Class 6A Abilene High Lady Eagles Tuesday night.

Brownwood dropped the first set 25-23, won the next two 25-18 and 30-28 before Abilene High pulled even with a 25-22 triumph. In the tiebreaking fifth set, the Lady Lions would not be denied as they chalked up a 15-8 victory.

“The girls fought hard from set one to set five and their intensity and drive only increased, which is very hard to do over five close sets,” said Lady Lions first-year head coach Allison Smith. “That game was the best I've seen them play all season by far. Our defense was spot on and when defense is on everything clicks. Caitlyn Moody did awesome and drove our team back to win that game.”

Katelyn Windham ignited the offense with a career-high 19 kills while Olivia Fowler finished right behind her with 18. Aleyia Cotton chipped in nine kills trailed by Ashlyn Storm with seven, Tessa Goodwin with six, Jaylen Savage with four and Becca Church with one.

Hadley Monroe dished out 31 assists while Kylie Wooten contributed 21, Caitlyn Moody was credited with five, Cotton added three and Storm chipped in one.

Windham and Fowler also served two aces each while Wooten, Savage and Monroe tallied one apiece.

Defensively, Moody amassed a career-best 50 digs followed by Fowler with 24, Church and Monroe with 22 apiece, Windham with 18, Wooten with nine, Savage with six, Cotton with three, Goodwin with a pair and Storm with one.

The victory was the 10th of the season in 17 matches for the Lady Lions, who are back in action at 6 p.m. Friday when they welcome another 6A foe in San Angelo Central.