Freshman setter Sarah Tullis stepped up to distribute 29 assists as the Lady Lancers leapfrogged the Cougars in the Crossroads League standings for third place.
The Lady Lancers (16-10; 9-5 CL) overcame a slow start in the opening set to win 25-22. The Cougars (17-10; 9-6 CL) led 18-13 before Grace responded with five straight points to spark their three-point win.
Grace’s offense sputtered in the second set, however. The Lady Lancers struggled to find a rhythm in their rotation as the Cougars took a 25-18 win to even the set count.
Strong serving in the third set helped the Lady Lancers to their most impressive performance of the night. With the score knotted at 7-7, the Lady Lancers went on a 10-3 run to pull away in their 25-15 victory.
Grace pounded out 16 kills on just four errors in the third set. They also added three service aces.
In the fourth and final set of the night, Grace was forced to hold off a late charge from the Cougars. Grace was serving for the match at 24-21 before Mount Vernon sliced the lead to 24-23. A service error from Mount Vernon ended the match, however, as Grace ended their longest losing streak of the season.
Alix Underwood led Grace offensively with 12 kills to go along with 8 digs and 3 block assists. Dana Johnston pounded out 11 kills on an efficient .320 percentage. She also led all players with five block assists.
Stefanie Bolt and Arielle Walters each recorded 10 kills as Walters added four block assists.
Freshman Annie Salazar led Grace’s team with 11 digs, and Hannah Clemmons stuffed the stat sheet with 9 kills, 8 digs, 2 service aces and 2 block assists.
As a team, Grace recorded nine block points and had 12 more kills than Mount Vernon.
The Lady Lancers continue league action on Friday for their “Senior Night” against Spring Arbor at 7 p.m.