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Wednesday, September 7, 2005

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Melinda Jackson had six kills for Clay City in a Tuesday win.

CLAY CITY -- The Clay City Eels had their service game going full blast against visiting North Central on Tuesday night.

The result?

A convincing 25-12, 25-13, 25-11 victory over the T-Birds that was spurred by a three-way service attack that was led by Courtney Dayhuff's 17 points from the line. Ashley McCullough was also on top of her game and provided another 13 points from the line and Kendra Roe scored nine from the line.

The were trailing 4-3 in the first set when Dayhuff stepped to the line and served an ace to get things started and help set the Eels up with a 7-5 advantage. Ashley McCullough then took over and provided the Eels with the streak that the needed. She provided five aces as part of a 12-0 run that gave the Eels a 19-5 lead.

North Central had some of their own problems, as some communication problems on court led to several unforced errors that aided Clay City's cause.

The Eels would cruise to the win the rest of the set as Chelsee Gerber added another ace and McCullogh ended the set with a kill.

The Thunderbirds stayed close to the Eels in the early going of set number two, trailing just 13-9 at the halfway point, but from there the Eels got a pair of kills from McCullough and an ace from Roe to edge out to a 20-11 lead and raced out to the 25-13 victory.

Clay City opened the third set in much the same way against the Thunderbirds, leading 13-3 after an 11 point run by Dayhuff that included some aces of her own. Melinda Jackson nailed home a couple of kills and Gerber added one of her own that was coupled with four aces from Dayhuff. Leading 14-3, Brooklyn Wellman took her turn at the line and served up an ace and Angie Camp sent home a kill good for a 16-5 lead. The Eels would finish strong to cap the victory as McCullough, Gerber and Jackson all recorded kills to improve the Eels record to 6-1 this year.

Next up for Clay City is a Thursday match at Riverton Parke. In the JV game, the Eels won in straight sets, 25-13, 25-11.

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