By Wendy Stevelinck
It was grueling back-to-back away matches this week for the Lady Lyons volleyball team. First the team traveled to Eaton on Wednesday, then back to Platte Valley for Thursday night’s conference match. Eaton has been a powerhouse of 3A volleyball for the past several years. The Lions had to play
their very best to compete with them. Unfortunately the Lions struggled to compete against the Reds, and lost in three sets, 15-25, 16-25, and 19-25.
The Lions struggled on serve receive, and many players noted that it was the toughest serves they faced all season. Sydney Stevelinck also commented, “They also had a huge screen at the net and we were unable to see the ball until the last second causing us problems.” In the first two sets, the Lions defense was sloppy, but by the third, they had cleaned it up to challenge the Reds. Jessica Boxrud had several spectacular digs on their middle attacks.
In one rally, Jessica denied them four times on defense. Madeline Keen and Ashlyn Christiansen lead the team on offense with six and four kills respectively. Christiansen had another high kill percentage of .444. She has really picked up her play as the season progressed. Jessica Boxrud was stellar on defense recording thirteen digs out of the right back position.
Thursday night was the last regular season game for the Lions Lyons. The Lions came out to show Platte Valley they meant business. The Lions dominated the first match and set the tempo, stunning the Bronco with a 25-19 victory. The Lions had an impressive eleven kills. Ashlynn Christiansen with a huge “Big Mamma” (a term the volleyball moms created to define a huge kill for the Lions from an over pass from the opponent ) early in the match to get the momentum rolling in the Lions favor.
Platte Valley fought back to take the second set 25-21; still a very close game. Then the Lady Lions recovered to steal another victory 25-23. The Lions had excellent serve placement accounting for four aces, two of them from Sydney Stevelinck back to back. The fourth set was another nail bitter but the Broncos pulled out the victory 25-23, to send it to a fifth, and deciding game.
The previous two games were intense. Each team had to earn the point, and not commit any errors. They were well-executed games by both teams. Another five-set match for the Lady Lions this season. It really takes mental focus to play well for all five sets. The Lions started out on serve receive and went down 0-3 before a time out was called. Platte Valley went to their big middle hitter, Mikayla Hoffman for almost every attack. The Lions had their hands on many of her attacks, but couldn’t recover to win the point. The Broncos went on to win 15-10. Lyons ended their season with an impressive 13-6 record.