Photo by Don Nelson
Liberty Bell’s Ruthann Matteson dove for a ball as Hailey Damman looked on.

In dramatic fashion, the Liberty Bell High School volleyball team clawed its way back from what looked like another tough loss to overtake Waterville, 3-2, in the Lady Lions’ gym on Saturday (Sept. 30).

To claim their first win of the season, the Lady Lions had to take the final three games after falling behind 2-0. Playing less than 24 hours after a Friday night match against Bridgeport, Liberty Bell dropped the first game, 25-15, then made up some ground in the second before falling 25-22.

Then things turned around. The Lady Lions, who have shown flashes of power play and consistency all season, bounced back with identical 25-19 wins in the third and fourth games — setting up what could be a remarkable comeback.

A 15-11 victory in the third game put Liberty Bell in the win column.

According to a report from the Saturday match, the victory was an impressive team effort with notable play by Katie Labanauskas, libero Ruthann Matteson and Spencer Hoffner.

The Lady Lions showed resiliency on Saturday after losing to Bridgeport, 3-1, on Friday night (Sept. 29) at Liberty Bell.

Liberty Bell took the hard-fought first game of that match, 25-23, after the teams were tied at 20, 22 and 23.

Bridgeport started fast and led the entire second game, winning 25-17. The Lady Lions kept it closer for much of the third game, but lost 25-21. Bridgeport closed it out with a 25-18 win, although Liberty Bell stayed closed until late in the game.

Many Lady Lions fans probably recognized Bridgeport coach Paige Stevie, a 2011 graduate of Liberty Bell.

The Lady Lions hosted Manson on Tuesday (Oct. 3). They will have a return match at Waterville on Thursday.