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Ben Lippen High School
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Ben Lippen volleyball likely to finish high in region

By Justin Driggers
Consulting Editor

Columbia – The Ben Lippen volleyball team has lost a pair of matches to region foe Cardinal Newman this season – falling in five sets in the first game.
Other than that, the Lady Falcons have been rolling and were 10-2 overall and 5-2 in region play as of Sept. 28.
“We’ll most likely be second in the region, so that’s good heading into the state tournament,” head coach Kerri Carnes said. “We’ve been very solid otherwise. We have a young team with just one senior.”
That one senior is Kristy Carnes – the region player of the year last year who has already had another standout season. She’s tallied more than 140 kills and is averaging nearly 50 percent on them.
Junior Isabel Stanley is another top front row player with more than 60 kills on the season. 
The team also features a junior setter, a junior outside hitter and a junior middle hitter. The rest of the team is young with two eighth graders who are significant contributors as well, coach Carnes said, with Anna Grace Martin serving as the libero and M.J. Hurd serving as a defensive specialist.
The newer players have also provided a strong defensive foundation that has been one of the strengths of the team thus far, she added. 
“Coming into the season, we were hopeful that we were going to have a stronger defensive side of our play and that’s really helped us out,” coach Carnes said.
Sophomore setter Ainsley Martin returns and was an all-region player last year. She’s joined by junior setter Amanda Hurd while newcomer Tori Pack has been solid as a middle and outside hitter.
The rest of the squad includes Claxi Caswell, Emily Lolar, Janae Johnson, Julia Zalevskiy, Kaylee Moore and Jenna Shevchik.
“We’re still learning to be unified and working toward that,” coach Carnes said. “We’re a smaller team without a lot of height, so we really have to be solid defensively and know what our roles are.”

Football

The Ben Lippen football team improved to 2-4 overall and 2-3 in SCISA Class AAA play with a 40-28 victory over Wilson Hall on Sept. 28.
The Falcons had over 300 yards of offense with most of it coming on the ground. Quarterback Will Taylor finished with 93 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Running back Willie Simmons finished with 63 yards.
Wide receiver Rico Dorsey scored on a 45-yard reverse.

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