COTTONWOOD - The Lakeview volleyball team had its way with the Lincoln HI defense Tuesday night to remain unbeaten after a 25-13, 25-18, 25-8 win against the Rebels at Lakeview High School.
Lakeview seniors Kayla Golberg and Dana Boerboom had 12 and 10 kills, respectively, against an out-of-sorts Lincoln HI front line.
Lincoln HI head coach Jenai Wright said she understands Lakeview has a strong team, but wasn't happy with the performance of her squad.
Photo by Matt Dahlseid
Lakeview’s Tristin Louwagie hits a ball over the net as Lincoln HI’s Jenifer Steffes (4) prepares on defense during a Camden Conference volleyball match Tuesday night in Cottonwood. For more photos of this game go to cu.marshallindependent.com.
"Lakeview is a good team, but I'm just disappointed with our play this evening," Wright said. "I think we could have given them a better show than we did."
Lakeview got out of the gates hot, claiming a 10-4 lead in the first set on its way to winning 25-13.
The second set remained close throughout the halfway mark, with the teams tied at 11-11. Then the Lakers struck for 14-7 run and took a 25-18 win on a powerful kill by Boerboom.
The third set was all Lakeview. The Lakers jumped out to a 12-3 lead and didn't let up on their way to a 25-8 win to close out the match.
In a match where the Lakers could have become complacent, Lakeview coach Phil Lalim said he was proud of how his team kept its edge on the court.
"I was pleased with how we stayed in it mentally," Lalim said. "It's easy to let the game get away from you, but I was pleased with how the girls responded and fought through the match."
Lalim said he was especially impressed with the play of Boerboom and Golberg up front. He said Boerboom has looked strong at the net and has embraced her role on the team this season.
"She's a captain of the team, so you expect your captains to come out and be a leader as a senior," Lalim said. "I think she's doing a good job leading us so far by picking up the girls and getting them to play at a higher level."
As for Golberg, Lalim said she has shown great improvement from the team's first match of the season against Redwood Valley, which was also a 3-0 win.
"Kayla's hitting was a lot more powerful and she was a lot smarter about her hits today," he said.
His team looked sharp on the court, but Lalim said there are still things to work on if the Lakers are to make a run when the postseason comes around.
"Our passing will need to get more crisp as the season goes along," Lalim said. "We've got three sophomores coming along and they're starting to get adjusted to the varsity level. The biggest thing is I think we need to stay crisp, keep working on our passing and get tougher on our defense."
While the Lakers are 2-0, the Rebels drop to 0-2 with the loss and are still looking to win their first set.
"I think our block was really off," Wright said. "Once the block is too early, hitters have their way at the net. That's what happened tonight. Lakeview hit anywhere they wanted to.
"We've just got a lot of work to do."
The Rebels will see if they can get things together Friday and Saturday in the Southwest Challenge, while the Lakers will try to stay perfect when they host Dawson-Boyd Thursday.
Lincoln HI13 18 8
Lakeview25 25 25
Lakeview Individual Statistics
Serving (good-att-aces): Dana Boerboom 18-19-3, Chelsey Meyer 15-15-2, Trisha Ryhkus 8-9-0, Ari Anderson 7-7-0, Tristin Louwagie 4-8-1, Sarah Berg 3-4-1, Carly Doom 2-2-1, Lyndsey Peterson 3-3-0, Kayla Golberg 2-2-0.
Kills: Golberg 12, Boerboom 10.
Digs: Boerboom 7, Anderson 6.
Set Assists: Louwagie 20.
Blocks: Boerboom 4, Golberg 2.
Lincoln HI Statistics
Serving (good-att-aces): Chelsea Conrad 8-8-1, Amanda Steffes 7-7-1, Alicia Moen 5-7-0.
Kills: Conrad 3, Moen 2, Hannah Oellien 2.
Digs: Conrad 6, Shelby Krier 2, Laura Leibfried 2, Taylor Ness 2.
Set Assists: Steffes 10.