MOUNT CARMEL — Coming off a Yellow Jackets' tournament victory in Allendale, the Mount Carmel Jr. Lady Aces made it four wins in a row Thursday with a 25-16, 25-14 victory against Flora in a Jr. NEC junior high volleyball contest.

"They were all on," said Jr. Lady Aces' coach Lisa Benedict. "They were talking. They were covering each other and hustled for everything, and I think that's partly due to us having more games under our belt. Everyone did a good job."

In Game 1, Kami Pearson propelled the Jr. Lady Aces ahead behind solid serving early in the contest.

Pearson contributed eight straight points to extend Mount Carmel's lead to 15-6 before a side out from Flora.

"We were setting up different people, which is awesome," said Benedict. "Our coverage was great. When we were blocking, the girls were covering it and hustling for it. That's also something we stress a lot but don't often see, and I was seeing that tonight. Their attitudes are so positive right now."

Later in the contest, Grace Adams put down a kill to give the Jr. Lady Aces a 21-12 lead. After a couple of points from Flora, Pearson stepped back up at the serving line and delivered the game-winning point for a Mount Carmel victory.

"We were hitting all our hitters," said Benedict. "I love the back set she [Pearson] sent to Stormie [Devine]. I was like, 'finally we're getting good passes,' which has been our downfall. Our passes were good tonight which allows our setters to have more options. We have three hitters, and we used all three [in] each rotation."

In the second game, Taylor Singer set the tone, not at the net, but at the service line where she extended Mount Carmel's lead early on with two aces for an 8-4 lead.

Kenley Drone added an ace to go along with three kills in the second game.

"We usually make her switch to the off-side hitter," said Benedict of Drone. "She asked a couple of matches ago, 'can I stay strong side?' She did it. She's strong. She's smart, and she wants to attack the ball."

Singer continued her solid play at the net with a block to make it 17-9 in favor of Mount Carmel.

Towards the end of the contest, Devine picked up a kill; Drone hit her final kill at the net to make it 24-14 than an ace from Pearson closed it off for the victory.

I saw a lot of smart play. We stress it. Whatever it is, you attack that ball. We want them to swing. If it goes into the net, we're working on getting them a tighter set, which is something else we need to work on. Now we're seeing some smart tips too.

The Jr. Lady Aces are 5-2 on the season. Mount Carmel is off until Thursday when they

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