Lancers sweep Lady Pirates
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 12:00 AM
By John Parent
Lincolnview's Devann Springer receives a serve as Katie McClure looks on during the Lancers' 3-set win over Continental on Monday. Springer collected 35 setting assists during the match. (DHI Media/Tina Eley)
DHI Media Sports Editor
MIDDLE POINT -- Continental volleyball coach Allison Streicher knows there are no moral victories, especially when a team is swept in a 3-set match. That said, Streicher found plenty to be positive about despite her team's loss at Lincolnview on Monday evening. The Lady Lancers won by scores of 25-17, 25-18 and 25-23.
"We're getting better each game," Streicher said following the match. "I thought we played, we were scrappy on defense; we're getting better everyday."
Though they had plenty of opportunities to do so, the Lady Pirates never folded the tent, battling from behind seemingly every time the Lancers would push out to a lead.
"That's been our thing; we just have not given up," Streicher added. "We have a young team, they are in the gym early everyday, wanting to get better. I really like the direction our program is headed."
The Lancers gave Continental problems, both at the net and from the service line. The Lady Pirates play several freshmen and have just one senior on the roster. That inexperience hurt as Lincolnview racked up 17 aces during the match compared to just one by Continental. Katie McClure and Ashton Bowersock had five aces each for the Lancers.
"We have been working a lot in practice on serves," Lincolnview coach JaNahn Evans explained. "Our main goal in this game was really just focusing; it's you, the ball and the other side of the court. I thought they did a great job."
After a Baylee Neate slam to start the opening game, Bowersock ripped off two straight aces and Lincolnview was off and running. An ace by Neate and two by McClure helped push the Lancer lead to 14-7 when Streicher used a timeout. The stoppage worked, as the Lady Pirates scored the next two points to get within five, but Lincolnview used a McClure kill and a tip but Ashley Teman to extend the lead and eventually put away the first set.
To open the second, it looked like the Lancers might run away with things when they jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Three consecutive hitting errors brought Continental back into the set, however, and Ashley Kindilen's tap at the net started a quick Pirate rally that included an ace by Amber Logan and a block by Kindilen that made it 14-13, Lancers.
After Logan's service error, McClure took serve for Lincolnview and fired off three straight aces, effectively putting the game away.
The Lady Pirates didn't take their first lead of the match until the first point of the final game, and they lead 2-0 when Neate's blast went wide. That was the last lead Continental would get, however, though the Prates continued to battle.
Lincolnview forged ahead on a clean ace by Teman and lead 9-7 on Katyln Wendel's kill to the middle of the Pirate court. Continental came back with a slam by Liv Homier to bring it to 10-9, Lancers, before Teman connected on two straight swats from the right side and Neate found the baseline on a tap.
Though it looked like the Lancers would cruise at 21-12, Continental stormed back to get within two at 23-21 on Kindilen's kill before Bowersock put the Lancers on the doorstep with a block at the net. The Lancers claimed victory on Neate's blast from the left side to secure the 3-set win.
"We need to learn that we have to keep fighting and play every point," Evans said, noting that her squad allowed Continental to hang around in the match. "Especially against a scrappy team, we have to keep our focus and keep our technique."