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Neal volleyball loses to Flomaton

The Neal volleyball JV and varsity teams suffered losses Tuesday against Flomaton.

JV won the first set 25-20, but would drop the next two, 17-25 and 9-15, to lose the match. The loss brings the JV overall record to 3-2.

Dinah Samuel protects the net in Tuesday's game against Flomaton.

Dinah Samuel protects the net in Tuesday’s game against Flomaton.

The varsity matchup would go the distance. In the first set Neal would lose 19-25. The Lady Blue Eagles would bounce back with a close win in the second set, 25-22. After dropping the third set 14-25, Neal would bounce back again to win the fourth, 25-23, to force a final round. Neal would lose 10-15 in the last set to lose the match.

Volleyball coach Jason Blaney believes his team is making strides with each match and knows communication is key for his team to make the next step. “Flomaton is a great team that is well coached,” Blaney said. “ Karissa and Madison had huge service games for us. We still need to work on our communication. Every match we are getting better and that’s what we are striving for.”

The loss will drop Neal’s record to 1-6.

Leading Neal was Karissa Johnson with 11 aces, 18 service winners, 6 kills and 1 block and Madison Winchester with 4 aces, 8 service winners, 2 kills and 15 assists.

Neal will face undefeated T.R. Miller Thurs., Sept. 17, at the Neal Middle School. Matches start at 4 p.m.