LHS volleyball

Lakeview High School volleyball player Tyler McNeley watches her kill in the final regular season game of the season for the Honker volleyball team on Saturday, Oct. 16.

Lakeview High School (LHS) volleyball finished off its regular season last week with three wins in a row, putting them into first place as they wait to see where they will end up as the other teams in the league finish out their seasons.

After coming off of a tough loss against Lost River on Oct. 5, the Honkers have gone on a five game winning streak, with one of the wins coming as a forfeit by the opposing team.

The week began on Tuesday, Oct. 12 as the Honkers hosted Bonanza winning 3-1. Bonanza is right behind Lakeview in the league standings and it was a tough fought game by both teams, with the Bonanza team making a few more mistakes than the Honkers.

Bonanza fought throughout the game against the Honkers, but LHS was able to find its serve and kills and took all but one of the sets in the final few points. Throughout the game both teams kept it close, but when the Honkers were able to get a free point from the Bonanza team they took advantage of it. The scores were 25-20, 25-19, 22-25, 25-16.

Next up was an away game against Glide on Thursday, Oct. 14; Glide has a fairly good team with some strong servers but often has difficulty in longer rallies to put away the other team. The Honkers were able to walk away with the game.

“Traveling to Glide, we did a much better job of ‘getting off of the bus’; the team brought both energy and follow through which allowed us to play an aggressive defense that we converted to an effective offense. We only had 5 passing errors and 6 missed serves in the match at Glide which demonstrates the work that the team has put in over the season,” said Head Coach Anneke Griffith.

Stats, courtesy of Dan Jackson: Ashley Strubel: one ace, two kills, 23 assists and nine digs; Tayla Ewell: one ace, 12 digs; Tyler McNeley: one ace, six kills, two digs, two blocks; Bridget Shullanberger: two aces, six kills, 11 digs; Kenna Stratton: one ace, 12 kills, one assist, 10 digs, one block; Fernanda Inzunza: four kills, two assists, two blocks; Jaila Jackson: three aces, two kills, three assists, two digs; Johanna Heil: one dig.

The team did not have long to reflect on their victory as they hosted Glide on Saturday, Oct. 16 winning 3-1.

The Honkers came out focused and hot against Glide, as they were able to take the serve to the opposing team. Strubel was able to turn her jump serve into a successful knuckle ball that the Glide team struggled to control. Strubel’s serving ability, along with finding kills at the net, led Glide to struggle to get the serve; except for the third set when they were able to get Strubel off of the serve and the Honkers struggled with mistakes, but bounced back in the fourth set taking the attack to the Glide team. 25-13, 25-23, 18-25, 25-15.

Stats, courtesy of Dan Jackson: Ashley Strubel: six aces, five kills, four dumps, 21 assists, 15 digs; Tayla Ewell: 17 digs; Tyler McNeley: three aces, five kills, two digs, two blocks; Bridget Shullanberger: two aces, six kills, one assist, 26 digs; Kenna Stratton: one ace, eight kills, one assist, eight digs; Fernanda Inzunza: eight kills, one dig; Jaila Jackson: five kills, three assists, two digs, one block; Johanna Heil: six digs.

“It’s always tough to see teams so soon, but the varsity squad took on the challenge very well and came away with a decisive victory,” said Griffith.

Overall the Honkers have had a successful season and the team is waiting on what their playoff position will be as the other teams in the league finish out their season.

“The best part of this team is their athleticism and potential. We have no seniors on our roster, so I am very excited to see where this next year of growth, maturity and experience will bring this team and continue our culture of hard work for upcoming seasons,” said Griffith.

The Honkers finished the season with a record of 9-7 overall and 8-2 in the 2A-5 Southern Cascade League.

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