PARK HILLS – Olivia Coleman and Hailey Jennings each delivered big plays on consecutive points to help the Potosi volleyball team gain crucial separation in a tight opening set on Wednesday night.

The eighth-seeded Lady Trojans reduced their number of hitting errors from an earlier contest against Central, and downed Fredericktown 25-21, 25-20 for seventh place in the MAAA tournament.

Jessi Nicholson served a pivotal 9-0 scoring run during game two, and equaled MacKee Finley with nine assists each as Potosi (8-18) avenged a regular-season loss.

Sophomore Mallory Mathes spiked off a defender after teammates Katelyn White and Abby Parson made stellar digs, and Fredericktown (12-16-2) soon moved ahead 14-12 in the first set.

Coleman kept three straight incoming attacks off the floor in response – leading to a tying swing from Gracey Allison – then served a go-ahead ace for Potosi.

Jennings emerged with a middle kill and ensuing stuff-block moments later, and senior Zoe Harbison connected from the right side to help create a 21-16 edge.

Two missed serves handed free points to Fredericktown, but Allison landed a key spike down the line for one of her team-high seven kills at 24-20.

Coleman added five kills and two blocks overall, while Peyton Blair totaled 13 digs. Harbison bolstered the Potosi back row with seven digs while Olivia Marsa chipped in five more.

Fredericktown picked up three kills each from Taylor McMurry, Marissa Hale and Mathes, but struggled to generate consistent offense after briefly clicking near the middle juncture of game two.

Allison attacked effectively to spur Potosi to leads of 8-3 and 12-5 while the Lady Blackcats squandered several chances to convert some excellent digs into positive momentum.

But Fredericktown rallied behind a 6-0 run on the serving of Melissa Wulfert, which included two aces. Hale terminated after Mathes guided a nice overpass pass, and Callista Francis struck from the left side to bring their club within 12-11.

Nicholson countered with an even longer streak from the back line while occupying the setter role, and added her own scoring play by sending the second touch to her surprised opponents.

Back-to-back failed clearing attempts reduced the Potosi lead to 21-18, but Coleman and Allison shifted momentum yet again with kills to seal the outcome.

Parson remained active throughout the match to post 16 digs, and Wulfert dished out 10 assists for the Lady Blackcats.

Matt King is the sports editor for the Daily Journal. Contact him at mking@dailyjournalonine.com

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