It was a civil war in every sense of the word on Friday, April 9, in Morrisonville. Starting next year, the Lincolnwood and Morrisonville volleyball teams will be following the lead of the basketball, baseball and soccer programs as the two neighboring schools join forces for an all-sports co-op. But with one more meeting on the schedule, bragging rights were on the line for the Lancers and Mohawks on Friday.
In the first game in which visiting fans were allowed at Morrisonville, the atmosphere was fitting of the match-up between the rivals turned friends turned future teammates. Both games would be close as well, but a string of points by the Lancers earned them the victory, 25-19, 25-17.
Game one would be point-for-point in the early going before Lincolnwood compiled seven straight points to take the lead for good. The Lancers carried that momentum into game two to earn their 10th win of the season.
Lincolnwood was strong on both ends of the attack, picking up 35 kills and 60 digs in the match. Cassie Krager and Maggie McClelland both reached double digits in kills with 12 and 11, while Katelyn Payne added eight. Avery Pope led the team in assists, serving up 28 of the 35 kills.
Krager, McClelland and Pope led Lincolnwood in digs with 13 apiece, while Sidney Glick added 10 and Lexie Krager finished with nine. Payne also had five blocks for the Lancer defense.
On the serving line, Emme Weller led the way with 12 points and four aces, with Glick contributing seven points as well.
Following the win over Morrisonville, the Lancers were back at it bright and early on Saturday morning, with a home tilt against Gillespie. The Lancers would make short work of the Miners, beating them 25-11, 25-11.
Everything seemed to be on point for the Lancers in the win as they limited Gillespie’s ability to string together points. Lincolnwood had 47 digs and nine blocks in the match. Avery Pope led the team in digs with 11, while Cassie Krager, Sidney Glick and Maggie McClelland chipped in seven digs. Katelyn Payne and Pope had three blocks each, while Krager had two.
On the attack, Lincolnwood finished with 25 kills, led by Katelyn Payne’s seven. The Lancers stair-stepped down from there, with six for McClelland, five for Glick, four for Krager and three for Desi Pitchford. Pope again led the team in assists with 21.
On the serving line, Lexie Millburg led the way with 16 points and three aces, while Sidney Glick added 11 points and two aces.
Now 11-1 and winners of ten straight, Lincolnwood will look to finish off the final week of the season on a high note. The Lancers will be at Palmyra on April 12 to face Greenfield-Northwestern, followed by a road trip to Springfield Calvary on April 15. Their final game of 2021 will be on April 16, at home against Carlinville.
April 9 at Morrisonville
Lincolnwood 25 25
Morrisonville 19 17
Service Points: Emme Weller 12, Sidney Glick 7, Avery Pope 4, Maggie McClelland 4, Cassie Krager 2. Aces: Emme Weller 4, Maggie McClelland 2, Avery Pope 1. Kills: Cassie Krager 12, Maggie McClelland 11, Katelyn Payne 8, Haelee Damm 2, Desi Pitchford 1, Avery Pope 1. Assists: Avery Pope 28, Sidney Glick 2, Cassie Krager 2. Blocks: Katelyn Payne 5, Cassie Krager 1. Digs: Cassie Krager 13, Avery Pope 13, Maggie McClelland 13, Sidney Glick 10, Lexie Krager 9, Emme Weller 2.
Records: Lincolnwood (10-1, 5-1); Morrisonville (9-3, 4-2).
April 10 at Raymond
Gillespie 11 11
Lincolnwood 25 25
Service Points: Lexie Millburg 16, Sidney Glick 11, Avery Pope 4, Cassie Krager 2, Maggie McClelland 2, Emme Weller 2. Aces: Lexie Millburg 3, Sidney Glick 2, Cassie Krager 1, Avery Pope 1. Kills: Katelyn Payne 7, Maggie McClelland 6, Sidney Glick 5, Cassie Krager 4, Desi Pitchford 3. Assists: Avery Pope 21. Blocks: Katelyn Payne 3, Avery Pope 3, Cassie Krager 2, Maggie McClelland 1. Digs: Avery Pope 11, Cassie Krager 7, Sidney Glick 7, Maggie McClelland 7, Lexie Millburg 6, Katelyn Payne 4, Desi Pitchford 3, Emme Weller 2.
Records: Lincolnwood (11-1).