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LAMP burns Mustangs at home

Tough to swallow: Isabella’s Kaylynn Culp, left, and Allison Mims could only look on is disbelief as visiting LAMP on Monday pulled away in the fifth and decisive set.

ISABELLA – Isabella’s volleyball team on Monday lost for only the third time in its last 15 matches, falling at home to Loveless Academy Magnet School, 3-2 (22-25, 25-21, 25-22, 24-26, 15-10).

The eighth-ranked Mustangs (25-9) had beaten LAMP earlier in the season in another nailbiter.

Set 1 saw both teams scrambling for points. Isabella won a nervewracking rally—that saw both teams hit the volleyball off the ceiling but recover to get it back over the net—to make it 22-19.

LAMP’s Molly Stout served for four consecutive points to give her team a 10-7 lead in Set 2, and the visitors wouldn’t give up the edge even though IHS was within striking distance at 22-20.

The hosts scored the first point of the third set in textbook fashion: Jessica Maciel set it up perfectly for Amber Wyatt, who slammed it home.

Isabella held an 11-5 lead and the momentum but allowed LAMP to fight back to take a 13-12 lead after Abby Norris twice tipped the ball over for points and then aced Isabella three times during one trip to the service line.

IHS led 22-21, but LAMP claimed the set.

Wyatt recorded another her game-high 18 kills and then put in an ace to give Isabella a 19-14 lead. The Mustangs almost blew the lead but held on to win the set.

Isabella jumped out to a 5-0 lead in Set 3 but was then outplayed by LAMP.

Wyatt recorded a career-high 11 blocks in the match to go along with five aces and five digs.

Savannah Kissel added seven kills and two blocks.

Allison Mims had seven digs, and Kaylynn Culp had six digs.