Lady Pios rally past Teurlings in volleyball action

LAFAYETTE – Whatever Notre Dame Coach Tara Young told her team after game one of the match at Teurlings Thursday night should be the next chapter in her book of great comebacks.

Senior Allison Leonards torched the Rebels with 18 kills, logged several block deflections to keep points alive and also contributed solid serving and back row passing. In other words, it was a monster night for Leonards in leading her teammates to a 21-25, 25-16, 25-14, 27-25 win.

The Pios struggled to find anything right with that opening game and trailed by as much as 17-10. Megan Malmay knocked down five of seven kill attempts to spark a rally, but Teurlings held on with outstanding passing, setting and converting kill chances to hold on 25-21.

After the changeover instructions by Young, Notre Dame flipped the game switch to on. Leonards smashed two thunderous kills for a 3-2 lead, Alaina Savoy knocked down a block kill and then served an ace and Katherine Kirsch nailed a couple of short set kills in the middle.

The Pios built a 21-11 lead and forced the Rebels to repeated hitting errors with solid defense. Alex Miller sent a spike down the sideline and Kirsch dropped in another winner as ND took the second game.

Notre Dame jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the third game on a middle kill from Savoy. Leonards converted her next four kill attempts and threw in a block kill at the net to make the Pios lead 19-11.

A Teurlings timeout did nothing to derail the Pios as Savoy tapped a winner past a double block in the middle and went cross court for a 23-13 advantage. Leonards spiked a rocket between three Rebels defenders for point 24 and then went down for a dig save that Kirsch set to Miller for the game winning kill.

Marie Ledet got the fourth game started with two service aces for a 4-0 lead. Leonards continued to school the Teurlings defense with a laser down the left sideline and a cross court kill to the far corner for an 8-2 Pios lead.

The Rebels found a way to regain early match form and tie the game at 11. Leonards, Malmay and Savoy logged winners as the teams went back and forth to remain tied. Mallory Chaisson dipped in a back row kill and Savoy ripped another short set in the middle for an 18-17 lead.

Teurlings forged a 23-22 advantage that was answered by Lindsey Meyers on the left outside with a spike kill straight down to the defensive floor. Leonards offered a hard to handle serve for a 24-23 lead and Teurlings answered to tie.

Malmay slammed a kill from the left outside and the Rebels again responded to tie the game at 25-25. Savoy went up against the leading Teurlings hitter and knocked a kill attempt back down for a 26-25 Pios lead. Ledet closed out the game with a slashing service ace to win the match.

Adding to the kill total along with the team leading 18 by Leonards were Alaina with nine and Malmay with seven. Kirsch had three kills, Miller and Ledet added two each and Meyers and Chaisson recorded one kill each.

The Pios play in the Fontainbleau tournament this weekend before travelling to Episcopal School of Acadiana on Tuesday for the annual “Pink Game” charity event.

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