Lincolnview’s Ashley Teman (6) attacks the net as Nicole Recker defends for Kalida. The Lady lancers lost a 4-set decision to the host Wildcats on Thursday night. (DHI Media/Charlie Warnimont)
Lincolnview’s Ashley Teman (6) attacks the net as Nicole Recker defends for Kalida. The Lady lancers lost a 4-set decision to the host Wildcats on Thursday night. (DHI Media/Charlie Warnimont)
By Charlie Warnimont
DHI Media Sports Editor
KALIDA — Leads were tough to hold on to as Kalida and Lincolnview squared off in non-league volleyball action Thursday evening. The Lancers and Wildcats went back and forth at each other as a small run in each game was the difference for the winning team.
In the fourth game, Kalida used a five-point run that helped them win the match 3-1 as they won the fourth game 25-20. The Wildcats won the first two games 25-20, 25-21 before the Lancers extended the evening with a 25-21 win in game three.
“We played very well,” Kalida coach Kristen Stechschulte said. “We talked this whole week about not backing down from our opponent, and they did a wonderful job not just giving up on the team and they pulled together as a team and pulled it out.”
After dropping the third game to the Lancers, Kalida fell behind in the fourth game 4-2 early. The Wildcats then ran off seven straight points for a 9-4 lead that forced Lincolnview to call a quick timeout. Kalida would maintain the lead until the Lancers ran off five straight points to tie the game at 14-14. With the game tied at 18-18, Kalida regained the momentum with five straight points as Carlee Miller had a pair of kills and she teamed with Morgan Niese for a block on a Lancer attack as the Wildcats went up 23-18.

Lincolnview halted the run with a kill before the two squads traded points as Kennedy Hoffman had a kill for Kalida and the Lancers picked up a point on net serve by the Wildcats. On the ensuing point, the Lancers were called for being in the net on a block attempt that ended the match.
“After a timeout, our girls came out ready to go,” Stechschulte said of the fourth game. “We told them to keep hitting at them as we started to tip a lot and Lincolnview was starting to get some momentum with their aggressive play. Our girls came out and started attacking and were able to get the momentum back.”
Lincolnview coach JaNahn Evans was pleased with the way her team battled, but felt the slow start was a key in the loss.
“We got off to a slow start, and that is something we have been working on in practice,” Evans said. “It was a lot of back and forth volleyball, we needed to control our court and not let anything discourage us. We can’t start in game three and expect to win.”
The type of match this would be was displayed early in the opening game. With game one tied at 5-5, the Wildcats ran off four straight points for a 9-5 lead only to see the Lancers score six straight points to go up 11-9. Kalida scored nine of the next 10 points for an 18-12 lead. Lincolnview battled back as they pulled with 20-18. With the score at 22-20, Kalida got a sideout on a wide hit, then went up 24-20 on a Miller ace before a hitting error gave game one to Kalida.
The second game was much like the first, as the two teams were tied at 17-17 before the Wildcats scored four straight points for a 21-17 lead. The Lancers hurt their chances in the second game with three straight mistakes. Lincolnview kept pace as they were down 24-21 after an ace by Alana Williams before a kill by Allison Recker gave Kalida a 2-0 lead in games.
Kalida opened the third game strong as they built a 5-0 lead as Kylie Osterhage had a kill and Niese a solo block. The Lancers fought back scoring six straight points for a 6-5 lead. Lincolnview appeared the get the separation they needed as they took a 19-13 lead, then went up 24-16 on three straight Kalida hitting errors.
Kalida got a sideout on a Lancer hitting error, then ran off four straight points to pull within 24-21 that forced a Lincolnview timeout. A kill by Ashley Teman had the Lancers 2-1 in games.
“We’ve been working a lot on focusing on our court and our runs and forgetting our errors,” Evans said. “We can’t come in to game three and play our game, we have to start with game one. The girls played hard. They were hustling, they were moving, they were attacking the ball. If we have an error we have to learn to move on from that, and that will come.”