By Wendy Stevelinck
One week (Thursday, September 19) after the devastating flood to our town, the Lady Lions came together at Skyline High School to take on the Sterling Tigers. Skyline High School is the new home gym for the Lyons volleyball teams. After only having one practice since the events of the prior week, the girls took to the court.
Game one was taken by the Lady Lions 25 to 20. The key to this first win was outstanding defensive net play by all the girls. The girls came up with some
big blocks at the net. The second game also won by the Lyons, 25 to 23 was exciting. The girls played as a unit and showed tremendous teamwork through out the match. The Lions started out slow and were down by five points when Erika Ivhov went back to serve. Erika delivered some excellent serves, and Madeline Keen came up with a huge solo block to take the lead. Both teams played excellent and had to earn each point.
The third and fourth sets went to the Tigers, 13 to 25, and 15 to 25. The Tigers elevated their level of play and intensity. The Lions gave the Tigers too many points on unforced errors, and the Sterling girls took advantage from them. The momentum of the match shifted in the Tigers favor. The Tigers, Mackenzie Chrisman, had some impressive kills in the fourth set; without question the hardest hits the Lady Lions faced all night.
The fifth and final set was a real nail biter. Lyons took an early five to zip lead. The Tigers fought back to tie it up. But the Lions pressed on, and regained the lead again, 10 to 5. Mackenzie Chrisman, for the Tigers, made some keys plays to win the side out. She then went back to serve, and again tied the score. Unfortunately the Lady Lions couldn’t finish the job and lost the rubber set 13 to 15.
Madeline Keen contributed twelve points from her serve and eleven kills. Meagan Keen was right behind her with ten kills, and Sydney Stevelinck added seven. Jessica Boxrud added nineteen assists.
One day back in the classrooms and the Lady Lions are smiling. They are together again and ready for a rescheduled game at Skyline, their new home gym, for a match against Highland Huskies.
First up was the C team for only their second match of the season. The first set went point for point up to nine-all. Then the Lions faced a tough server to finish the game 10 to 25. In the second set the Huskies started with the serve, and put their best server up first. They took a commanding leading twelve to nothing. The Lions never quit and continue to play their best. The girls had more rallies in the second match.
It was been thirteen days since the JV team’s last game, and with only one team practice before taking the court. The girls were a little rusty. They started out slow and were down by ten points at one time, before pulling back to within a few, but it was too little, too late. The Huskies won the match in two sets.
The Lady Lions varsity team came ready to play, and full of Lyons Pride. The first set win was credited to Sydney Stevelinck for an amazing overall performance. She totaled six kills in game one alone. Stevelinck also demonstrated excellent awareness on offense and contributed with multiple assists for the 25 to 12 win. The second set was pretty much flawless on the Lyons side, again winning 25 to 12. Madeline Keen had a great run on her serve.
In the third set, the Lions got a little too relaxed on the court. the Huskies were still there to play. The Lady Lions made some substitutions and seemed a little confused, making two rotational errors. These hic-cups led to Lyons losing the set 22 to 25. However, the wake-up call was answered, and the Lions went back to work with their regular line up and won the fourth set, 25 to 19, to win the match three sets to one. In the fourth set Meagan Keen led the team with fourteen kills, and Sydney Stevelinck finishing with nine. Erika Ivkov led the way on defense with eighteen digs.
The Lady Lions will take on Strasburg on Thursday, October 3, in Strasburg. Game times are 4:30 for the C team, 5:30 for JV, and 6:30 p.m., for Varsity.
The following week, the girls take on big time rivals Estes Park at Skyline at 5, 6 and 7 p.m., on Tuesday, October 8. Then on Thursday, October 10, the team travels to Frontier High for 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., matches. Finishing the week off with a Saturday match at Skyline against Heritage at 2 p.m. Be sure and come out to cheer the team on!