By Wendy Stevelinck
The Lyons High School Lady Lions volleyball teams traveled to Valley on Tuesday (September 24). The girls were greeted with balloons and snacks from the host team, and everyone took a few minutes to talk about all the changes to their lives and schedules since the flood. The coaches, players, and
parents were very appreciative of the kind gestures.
The Lady Lions were definitely the underdogs against Valley, since the Vikings are the reigning 3A state champs. The game Lions were unable to match up with the Valley’s big offense. The Vikings team registered a total of thirty-eight kills for the match. Their team moved flawlessly on the court with smooth transitions. This was without question the Lions’ toughest challenge of the season so far. Ashlynn Christiansen came up big with three consecutive blocks, however Lyons was defeated in three straight sets.
Thursday (September 26) the Lady Lions had another away match, this time at Dayspring Christian in Greeley. Again the girls and coaches were presented with gifts, followed by a word of prayer. Following the match, Dayspring provided the girls with box dinner for the bus ride back to school. The Lady Lions are so very thankful for their generosity.
The Lions started out a little rough, committing two errors due to poor communication. But, the girls quickly regrouped and took charge of the match. Recording nine kills as a team, finishing the set with a 25-16 win. The second set was much closer 25-23 in favor of the Lady Lions. At one point, Ashlynn Christiansen made a huge recovery save off the ceiling to keep a vital rally alive. Christiansen also delivered the game-winning kill. Sydney Stevelinck came up big with a second ball tip resulting in a kill to give Lyons the lead 24-23. The stingy team defense totaled six blocks in the second set.
Things did not fall Lyons’ way in the third set, losing 20 to 25. The Lyons offense committed too many hitting errors. The fourth set started with the Lions serving. Leading off was Meagan Keen who rolled off six serves giving the Lyons a six to nothing lead before the Eagles called a time out. The Eagles fought back and eventual took the lead 17 to 14. But back came Keen serving to knot the score at 17’s. The desperate Eagles called a time out trying to “ice” the server but Keen responded to the tactic with an ace. The Lions continue to build the lead to 21 to 17 before another time out was called. Ashlynn Christiansen and Erika Ivhov came up with some big defensive plays this match. There were some long rallies during the entire set, really testing the girls’ physical stamina. The Lady Lions finished the night with a 25 to 20 win, advancing their record to 8-3.