By Wendy Stevelinck
With six returning varsity players, Lyons High School volleyball coach Jeff Klipstein has a lot of reasons to be optimistic about the upcoming season. The young, but experienced, team is led this year by four-year varsity starter Madeline Keen (Sr). Rounding out the varsity squad is three-year varsity
starter, Sydney Stevelinck (Jr.), and four returning sophomores, who logged a lot of playing time last season, Jessica Boxrud, Ashlynn Christiansen, Erika Ivkov and Meagan Keen.
The Lyons Lions proved to be too much for Front Range Christian last week, and started the new season with a hard fought victory in three straight games, 25-22, 25-23, and 25-16. Madeline Keen led the team with twelve kills. Erika Ivkov was added five kills and some excellent serving. A balanced team effort totaled thirty-five kills for the match.
In Friday night’s game was against Longmont Christian, the girls again won the match in three straight games, 25-13, 25-13 and 25-13, due in a large part to the team’s high level of energy and excitement. Madeline Keen called her teammates’ play, “Scrappy, we were all over the court.” As a team, they excelled at both offense and defense, totaling twelve serving aces, along with eight blocks. Leading the team with blocks was Ashlynn Christiansen with three. Erika Ivkov and Sydney Stevelinck lead the team in kills, with seven and four, respectively (both hitting above fifty percent for the match). Jessica Boxrud kept the team’s energy level up with her outstanding hustle. The team as a whole played great keeping their errors to a minimum, which allowed freshman Brenna Kuskie and Maddie McQuire to gain some valuable varsity playing time.
The Junior Varsity team also posted two victories last week. Coach Paula McQuire recognized Meagan Keen and Ashlynn Christiansen for their outstanding play and leadership on the court.
The Lyons Lions tangled with Brush on Tuesday September 10, and take on Union Colony on Thursday, September 12, at 5 (JV) and 6 p.m. (Varsity). It’s a home match, so come cheer on the Lady Lions.