Gladiators win pair of close sets after an easy win in first

Glenelg High, which broke into the VSN Volleyball Top 20 this week, at No. 20, won its second match of the season, Thursday, with a straight set victory at Hammond.

The Gladiators (2-0 overall, 2-0 Howard) rolled to a 25-9 win in the first set, but it got much more challenging from there as they edged the Bears 26-24 and 25-23 in the final two games.

Safi Hampton had a big night for Hammond as she nearly will the Bears to pair of set wins, but Glenelg prevailed each time with Mackenzie Calhoun leading the way. Calhoun produced a .325 hitting percentage as she delivered 18 kills. She also had 1 assist, 5 aces and 10 digs.

Lindsey Kelly chipped in with 5 kills and served up 26 assists. She also had 2 aces, 2 digs and half a block. Brenna Rutter added 4 kills, Liesl Walter had a kill and 3 blocks, Lauren LaPointe had 3 kills, 1 dig and 2.5 blocks, and Sydney Yoon finished with 1 kill, 4 assists and 17 digs.

Pictured above: Glenelg’s Lauren LaPointe blasts a shot from Lindsay Kelley (Photo courtesy of Matt Calhoun)