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Lady Red Devils continue improvement

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By Steve Jarboe

 Following the loss to a scrappy Union County team in their season opener, the Lady Devils have reeled off three straight wins.
The Fort White Lady Indians became the third victim of a vastly improving Lady Devil Volleyball team on Sept. 8 at the Williston gym.
The Lady Devils took the District match in four games behind outstanding play in all but one game. In game one Ericka Floyd and Rea Samuels led the charge with several timely saves and each had two tremendous blocks at the net.
Katie Casperson served the final four points in the 25-19 win for the Lady Devils. In game two it was again the overall floor play by Floyd that played a large part in the Lady Devils racing out to a 16-7 lead forcing the Lady Indians Head Coach Doug Wohlstein to call a quick time out for his struggling team.
Lady Devil Samara Masseo ended the game with a kill shot that the Lady Indians could not return. The Lady Devils won game two 24-14, going up 2-0 for the match. Game three took on a totally different tone as the Lady Indians were not ready to submit the match to the Lady Devils.
After running out to a quick 6-0 lead, the Lady Indians continued to raise their level of play and bolted out to a 17-3 lead over a seemingly over confident Lady Red Devil team. The Red Devils played numerous substitutions in Game 3 and struggled the entire game. The Lady Devils managed only 12 points as they fell to the Lady Indians 25-12.
Game four started with Masseo serving the Lady Devils to a quick 5-0 lead. The Lady Indians were still not ready to submit as they pulled the score to 5-4 before Haley Beckham slammed home a powerful kill shot stopping the Lady Indian come back.
Lady Devil Chelsea Dola, laid a perfect lob shot over the net giving the Lady Devils a 13-6 lead. Dola then placed three straight serves lifting the Lady Devils to an 18-9 lead in game four.
The Lady Indians were still not going away as they ran off five straight points to pull the score to 18-14.
Continuing to press the court the Lady Indians pulled the game to 21-19 before Lady Devils Haley Beckham took over. Beckham had two outstanding saves and it was again her powerful kill shot that ended the game at 25-20. The Lady Devils took the match in four games, moving their season record to 3-1 and 2-0 in District play.
The Lady Devils will face non-district Chiefland next. The Chiefland Lady Indians hold a big advantage over the Lady Devils winning the last five matches between the two teams. In earlier game action, the Lady Red Devil JV continued to win as the downed the JV Lady Indians in two exciting games 25-22 and 28-26.