NEW MARKET – The Lady Mounties opened their 2016 season by setting their sights on the North Vermillion Lady Falcons Tuesday evening at home.

The Mounties were able to overcome some early-season jitters and a rough first set to defeat the Falcons in four games.

North Vermillion put the Mounties in a hole early, jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the first set. However, the Mounties rebounded quickly, fighting back to 24-22, before the Falcons closed out the first 25-22.

“We came out a little flat.” First year head coach Lauran Nichols said. “I was happy that the team didn’t fold and give up but they were determined to get a win.”

The next three sets told a different story as Southmont came out firing on all cylinders. They prevailed in the second set 28-26, and opened the third set on a 10-1 run. They would eventually win the set 25-13 to take a 2-1 set lead.

“The biggest thing for us was our ability to be aggressive at the service line.” Nichols said. “Once we were aggressive in our serves, the rest of our game came around.”

The Lady Mounties closed the match by defeating the Falcons 25-23 to improve to 1-0 on the young season.

Tuesday was also the first game for Mountie head coach Lauran Nichols. Nichols takes over a Mountie team that finished 3-26 and 0-7 in the Conference last season.

Senior Karsyn Neff led the team with 13 digs while Kaylee VanCleave had 11 digs and 12 assists. Macy Wells had 11 assists and four aces while Emma Kinkead finished with five aces.

Southmont is back in action Thursday when they open Sagamore Conference play when Western Boone visits Bob J. Tandy Gymnasium. The junior varsity contest will start at 6 p.m.