John Tyler distributed the wealth, with 13 different players contributing to a three-game sweep over Jacksonville to start the second half of play in District 14-4A volleyball Tuesday at the Lions Den.

Jennifer McGowan totaled the most shares with 11 kills and three service aces, including the final one that ricocheted off a Jacksonville player and off the ceiling to put the finishing touches on the 25-14, 26-24, 25-11 win.

JT (23-11, 5-3 in 14-4A) dominated at times and struggled at others while remaining entrenched in fourth place. The Lady Lions limited the Maidens (7-22, 0-8) to single digits in two of the three games in a sweep in the district opener.

“It wasn’t a pretty win,” JT coach Stephanie March-Smith said. “It was a good opportunity for everyone to touch the ball.”

Amicia Williams, a junior outside hitter, notched five of her six fills in the first set, where JT never trailed. McGowen served for two aces during a 5-0 run as JT opened up a 19-10 advantage.

Jacksonville nearly evened the match up, getting within game point before JT closed the second set with four straight points, including a Williams kill for the clincher. 

The Lady Lions trailed through the 21st exchange of the third game before an 11-2 run turned the tide. 

Erica Franklin (three kills, 12 digs, six points, ace) fueled the run with consecutive kills to get it going. 

Breanna Choice, Kashanti Flowers and DeDe Rouge recorded three kills each. Flowers added a pair of blocks for the Lady Lions while Amanda Theaker tallied a team-high 15 digs.

Other key performers for JT included Jocelynn Brown (five assists, four points), Toya Harmon (nine digs), Quaneshia Johnson (13 assists, 11 digs, six points, ace), Ambrianna Mitchell (three digs) and Shakel Smith (two kills). 

The Lady Lions return to action Friday at first-place Pine Tree.

“We’re sitting in fourth,” March-Smith said. “The whole point is getting better for the playoffs.”

LIONS’ TALES: In junior varsity action, JT moved to .500 in district (4-4) with a three-game win over Jacksonville (25-23, 20-25, 25-11).

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