Coach Skye Wade picked up her first win as the head Aurora volleyball coach with a two-set victory at Neosho on Tuesday evening. The Lady Houns won each set handily, downing the Lady Wildcats 25-7 in the first set and 25-8 in the second.
The win came a day after the Lady Houns dropped their season opener to a strong Carl Junction team to open the season on Monday.
Aurora fell behind early but managed to keep the first set close before tying the score at seven thanks in part to some good blocking. Unfortunately, the Lady Houns would not get any closer to overtaking the Lady Bulldogs, as Carl Junction pulled away for a commanding 25-15 win in set one.
Aurora came out stronger to start the second set, winning the first point and staying within one point of the lead through the first half of the set.
But the Lady Bulldogs played solid defense and took advantage of Aurora mistakes to pull away once they reached 10 points. Coach Wade called a pair of timeouts to try to slow Carl Junction's momentum and get her team to regroup, but it would be to no avail.
The Lady Houns managed to win a point as CJ moved to match point, but a long serve by Aurora gave the Lady Bulldogs a 25-14 win to take the match.
Leading the Lady Houns with five kills and five digs was Emily Moore, while Baylee Husmann led with five blocks and Savannah Miller paced Aurora with six assists.
Aurora will travel to the Willard Tournament this Saturday before making a trip to Carthage on Tuesday. The Lady Houns will host Mt. Vernon next Thursday in the team's first Big 8 Conference contest.