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Weaver, Lady Airedales post first victory

Bella Nutt

 Weaver, Lady Airedales post first victory

 
By Kevin Taylor
Alma Schools
 
ALMA   Kim Weaver was convinced as early as March when she was first learning the names of her players, that all her team needed was to get that first victory. 
 
Tuesday, following a tough 3-0 loss to Hackett, Alma gave their coach a heart-stomping 16-25, 25-20, 28-26, 16-25, 15-11 victory over the Farmington Cardinals. 
 
Lillie Warnock was phenomenal in the fifth set. But there were plenty of other stars in Alma's first victory of the fall. 
 
"We've said all along, we've just got to get that first win for them to really understand that we can do it," Weaver said. "For us, it's almost two-fold; it's a big win, but it's big in five."
 
The Lady Airedales dropped the first set 25-16, with Farmington outsourcing their guests 20-10 for an easy win. 
 
But the Lady Airedales regrouped for a 25-20 win in the second set, then seemed to settle down as they erased a late 24-23 deficit for a 28-26 in the third set. 
 
Farmington fell behind 14-11 in the fourth game but flipped the momentum for a 25-16 victory.
 
Rebekah McIntosh led Alma (1-2) led the team with 12 kills. Warnock had 10 kills and Sidney Hatley and Bella Nutt finished with nine and seven kills. Nutt also led the team with 21 assists. 
 
Lydia Swarnes had five kills and Rachel James dished out 14 assists. 
 
"Rebekah had a stellar night, and the same with Lillie; she's playing at a higher level then we've seen this summer," Weaver said. "She's making solid decisions and she's really playing under control. We need to still get her the ball more. We used a sophomore setter today (James) and she was really clutch."
 
Lettie Crabtree and Delaney Baker also played well had some key aces. 
 
Two kills by Nutt gave Alma an 8-4 cushion in the fifth. But Farmington tied the match at 9 before the Lady Airedales were able to string together four straight points for a 13-9 advantage.
 
"To win the fifth, that's great experience moving forward," Weaver said. "They gutted it out; they showed some grit. We had some momentum taken from us, but really, it was a huge team win."