The Lincolnwood High School volleyball team traveled to Mt. Olive on Tuesday, Oct. 12, for an MSM Conference bout and a preview of the first round of regionals.
The Lancers, who entered the game with just one MSM loss, will take on the Wildcats to start the Edinburg Regional on Monday, Oct. 25, but scored early momentum with a 25-10, 25-11 victory in Macoupin County on Tuesday.
The win was as much of a total team effort as the Lancers have had this season, with six players recording service points, five players picking up at least three kills each and seven players upping their game on the defensive end with multiple digs.
The kills were spread out evenly, with a senior and a freshman leading the way. Desi Pitchford and Jazmin Seaton-Hobson led the way with seven kills each, followed by Haelee Damm with five, Tessa Funderburk with four and Sidney Glick with three. Avery Pope coordinated the attack with 24 assists, with Funderburk also setting up a kill.
On the serving line, Jasmine Vickery led the team with 10 points, four others had at least a half dozen points in the game. Pope had eight points and an ace, while Funderburk led the team in aces with three, half of her point total. Pitchford also had six points, with Glick and Damm adding two apiece as well.
Vickery also led the team in digs with 12, while Funderburk (5), Pope (4), Glick (4), Pitchford (4), Damm (3) and Seaton-Hobson (2) also contributed defensively.
To prepare for regionals, Lincolnwood has opted to test themselves against some of the best competition of the season at the Waverly Tournament this weekend. The Lancers’ pool includes Augusta Southeastern (26-1), North Mac (14-10), Greenfield-Northwestern (17-9) and Calhoun (14-13).
The Lincolnwood JV has also been battle tested lately, participating against some of the top volleyball programs in the state at the Pleasant Plains JV tournament, where they went 2-1-1.
October 12 at Mt. Olive
Lincolnwood 25 25
Mt. Olive 10 11
Service Points: Jasmine Vickery 10, Avery Pope 8, Tessa Funderburk 6, Desi Pitchford 6, Sidney Glick 2, Haelee Damm 2. Aces: Tessa Funderburk 3, Jasmine Vickery 2, Desi Pitchford 1, Avery Pope 1. Kills: Desi Pitchford 7, Jazmin Seaton-Hobson 7, Haelee Damm 5, Tessa Funderburk 4, Sidney Glick 3. Assists: Avery Pope 24, Tessa Funderburk 1. Digs: Jasmine Vickery 12, Tessa Funderburk 5, Avery Pope 5, Sidney Glick 4, Desi Pitchford 4, Haelee Damm 3, Jazmin Seaton-Hobson 2.
Record: Lincolnwood (25-4, 6-1).