Lakeview High School (LHS) volleyball ended the week with a strong win against Glide 3 – 0, but split the first two games of the week against Lost River and Klamath Union.
The beginning of the week saw the game against Illinois Valley canceled, this led to a bit of rescheduling and the Honkers adding a non-league game against Klamath Union on Thursday, March 18, losing 3 – 1. On Tuesday, March 16, the Honkers dominated their opponent Lost River winning 3 – 0 in a game.
On Friday, March 19, the Honkers faced Glide, as there are only a couple of games remaining in the season. Despite losing to Klamath Union, the Honkers were coming in with a three game league winning streak.
The first set was dominated by LHS as they came out of the gate hot and won handily 25 – 9. Kenna Stratton and Sam Sanchez were no match for the Wildcats, as they struggled to block their kills. Errors made by the Glide team in the first set did not help them.
One of the things LHS Head Coach Anneke Griffith was happy about was the slow starts LHS has become known for during the season was not evident in the first set, instead the Honkers came out to play. This included better communication and rotation amongst the Honkers than what has been displayed in the early part of previous home games.
The second set started off all Glide, as they scored the first five points and took a commanding 8 – 1 lead. Griffith said the team lost some of the momentum it had from the first set in the second set. Even going down early, the Honkers stormed back and tied the game at 8 – 8. Though Glide was able to go on a scoring run of their own at and hold another large lead. While LHS missed some easy kills, and make uncharacteristic errors, the team did not give up in the second set. They were able to fight their way back in the second set, and with a active home crowd cheering them on, the Honkers tired the score 21 – 21; before pulling away from Glide. The second set was one of net duels between the Honkers and Glide, with the Honkers often coming away with the point.
The third set was another LHS victory, though it featured long rallies and net mistakes by Glide. Both teams went on long rallies, though neither team was able to take much advantage and put the other team away. With a long second set, the Honkers were able to still have enough energy not to let Glide have any signs of life during the set. The Honkers were able to respond to all of Glide’s challenges, including being more active in going after lose balls than the Glide team.
Griffith said the team needs to work on being cleaner and more aggressive during the game.
“We need to work as a team on how to stage a comeback in situations like we faced,” said Griffith.
She was happy with her team and the resiliency they showed when staging a comeback in the second set. With a young team still learning how to play together, Griffith said one of the toughest things for them to learn is focus.
The Honkers play at home against Rogue River on Tuesday, March 30, with varsity tipping off 25 minutes after junior varsity. Volleyball and cross country seniors will be honored before the game.
On Friday, April 2, the Honkers travel to Bonanza; with a final game of the season scheduled for Saturday, April 3, against Lost River with varsity beginning at 1:15 p.m.
LHS volleyball is 5 – 3 overall and 4 – 0 in 2A-5 Southern Cascade League play.