By Wendy Stevelinck
Editor’s note: In the confusion of the last twelve days, this article came in after the volleyball story about the Brush. We apologize for any confusion, but we feel it’s important to let everyone know how the kids are doing.
Last week the Lady Lions volleyball team traveled to Resurrection Christian. The first set was close, but Resurrection pulled out very
competitive and close 25-22 win. From there, the Lady Lions struggled to compete against the very strong Cougar offense, and lost the match in three straight sets. The relentless Cougars came on stronger with each set, sweeping the last two, 25-15 and 25-14.
The match wasn’t as lopsided as the score may indicate, the Lady Lions played exceptionally well for all three sets. Resurrection is a very strong and solid team keeping our kill percentage at a season low. However, Madeline Keen was still able to register seven kills and Sydney Stevelinck added four. Serving was a strong area for the Lions, with only one service error on fifty-two attempts. And again on defense, Sydney Stevelinck and Madeline Keen led the Lions with twelve and ten digs respectively.
Saturday the team traveled to the Alexander Dawson Tournament hoping to walk away being the tournaments champions which they did. The first match was against Twin Peaks Academy. Lyons won both sets 25-11 and 25-7. Meagan Keen was on fire with six kills out of seven attacks. Ashlynn Christiansen led the team with twelve points from serving. Jessica Boxrud led with thirteen assists. The team totaled an amazing hitting percentage of .429.
After a long break the girls took on Peak to Peak Academy. The match went to three sets with the Lyons losing the first set, 21-25; and then storming back to take the next two, 25-20 and 15-7. The Lions came out slow and sluggish after the break. Still having to come from behind in the second game. The Keen sisters led with eight kills apiece. Jessica Boxrud played outstanding defense recording ten digs, and thirteen assists on offense.
The championship match came down to the Lyons Lions against Front Range Christian, a team they opened their season against. The Lions girls were pumped up and ready from the start. They took control early and set the tone for the rest of the match. Wining the match in two sets, 25-10 and 25-10. Leading the way was junior Sydney Stevelinck with seven kills, a season high for her, and a hitting percentage of .462. The second match started off with Meagan Keen on a serving roll, tallying eleven straight points. The sophomore duo of Ashlynn Christiansen and Erika Ivkov tallied a total of three blocks for the Lady Lions. The team never looked back and took control of the game and dominated the set.
Congratulations to the Lyons Lions for all their hard work and play. It led to the title of Alexander Dawson Tournament Champions!