The South Decatur volleyball team has run off two straight wins after falling in its season opener last week.
The Lady Cougars improved to 2-1 with a four-set win over Milan Tuesday. South tallied a score of 25-22, 23-25, 25-23, 25-23.
"The girls played a very hard-fought game on the road," said second-year head coach Lisa Bennett. "I am very proud of them. There were a couple times that Milan went on a run throughout the match, but the girls didn't give up, they kept playing hard and were able to battle back and win the game."
The key to the win was serving, as South served 87-for-97 (89.6 percent) on the night. Senior Elizabeth Nobbe served a perfect 20-for-20 with five aces to lead the serving.
"Another great night of serving by our girls," said Bennett. "Elizabeth Nobbe served her second perfect game. We had a good night at the net from Keri Deck and Ashley Johannigman. Overall, I was very pleased with the girls' determination tonight and ability to finish the games."
Deck hit 31-for-37 with four kills and Johannigman hit 24-for-26 with two kills. Nobbe hit 12-for-13 with five kills and senior Jesse Walls hit 10-for-11 with two kills. Michaela Johnson hit 13-for-16 with two kills.
Sarah Sweet served 20-for-21 (95 percent) with four aces. Johannigman added a 20-for-22 effort with nine aces.
South fell to Edinburgh in three sets to open the season last Thursday, 14-25, 18-25, 15-25.
"The girls were able to get out some of their first-game jitters," said Bennett afterward. "We definitely have some work to do on transition defense, reading the opponent and covering our hitters. Overall, the girls have great potential this year."
Serving was a strength against the Lancers. South served 42-for-47 overall (89 percent). Ashley Johannigman served 6-for-7 with one ace. Nobbe served 12-for-12 and Johnson served 10-for-11.
Johannigman hit a team high 24-for-26 with 17 kills.
South beat host Shawe Memorial in four sets Monday, 23-25, 25-19, 25-11, 28-26.
"Overall, the girls looked much better tonight against Shawe than our season opener at Edinburgh," said Bennett. "We started off a little rocky, we were having problems passing the ball, but once we started passing better it all came together."
South served 91 percent (91-for-100) on the night. Nobbe made all 21 serves with two aces. Keri Deck served 18-for-22 with a team-best eight aces.
"The girls served great," said Bennett. "Our seniors really helped to lead our team to a victory tonight with their serving on the court."
Johannigman hit a team-best 24-for-27 with nine kills. Kassie Diekhoff hit 23-for-27 with eight kills.
Nobbe set a perfect 46-for-46 with 10 assists, while Sweet set a perfect 44-for-44 with 10 assists.
Taylor Barkdull passed a team-high 63-for-67 with 10 digs, while Johnson passed 29-for-31 with 11 digs. Sam Miller passed 32-for-26 with eight digs.