NEW MARKET – For the second consecutive game, the Southmont volleyball team got off to a rough start, this time in their Sagamore Conference opener against Western Boone.

After falling behind 7-0 in their game Thursday night, they found themselves in a quick 5-0 hole, helping the Stars race out to a quick 25-9 first set win.

The second set was a much different story. Western Boone jumped out a 5-1 run, and led 8-3 before the Mounties came back to tie it at 8 behind the service of Lindsey Burner. Trailing 12-9, Macy Wells gave Southmont the lead at 14-12.

They led 18-14 forcing a Stars time out. However, Western Boone won 11 of the next 14 points to pull a 25-21 win to take a two set to none advantage.

“I told them that I don’t ever want them to back down from a team.” Southmont coach Lauran Nichols said. “I don’t care how hard they hit, but I want them to compete, and I thought we did that in the second set.”

“Macy served great.” she continued. “In the second game we swapped her and Kaylee, to allow Wells to serve first, to try to get started a little quicker.”

The Stars (2-0, 1-0 SAC) started quickly again in the third set, opening up an 8-2 advantage on their way to a 25-14 straight set victory.

The Mounties were led in kills by Lexi Nelson with four and Veda Emerson with three. Karsyn Neff had six digs while Wells finished with four.

“I thought our passing was crisp.” Nichols added. “We just need to work on our defense against quick teams and teams that hit the ball. I told the girls that if we play with discipline that things will start to fall our way.”

Southmont (1-1, 0-1 SAC) is off until Aug. 23 when they will travel to Greencastle to face the Tiger Cubs.