Tuesday’s match-up in Raymond featured two teams on the opposite ends of the confidence spectrum as Lincolnwood hosted Nokomis on April 6.
The Lancers, winners of seven straight after starting the season 1-1, were fresh off a victory over Hillsboro and seemed comfortable on their home court. Nokomis, who also picked up a win in their last out, never could get on track, in spite of their best efforts, and fell to the home team in two games.
The Redskins had just three service points in the game, all of which came in the first set as Lincolnwood picked up a 25-10 victory. It seemed that every time Nokomis sent a ball over, the Lancers were there to smack it right back at them with kills from Maggie McClelland, Cassie Krager and Katelyn Payne all leading to side outs.
The most effective strategy for Nokomis seemed to be aces, with Skylar Stewart and Delaney Keiser each accounting for one. Unfortunately for the Redskins, Lincolnwood had a few aces up their sleeves as well, serving eight in game one and 16 on the night.
If game one was good for the Lancers, game two was even better. Lexie Millburg served up eight straight points to start the game, notching three aces en route to a team-best nine points on the night.
The combination of strong serving and an attack led by McClelland’s team-high 10 kills kept Lincolnwood out in front and Nokomis off balance.
The Lancers led 15-3, 19-4, 22-5 and 24-6 before finishing off the win with a kill by Desi Pitchford, which improved Lincolnwood’s record to 9-1.
All told, it was a solid all-around effort for a team that is hitting on all cylinders in the final weeks of a COVID shortened season. In addition to Millburg, Lincolnwood also got seven points from Avery Pope and seven more from Sidney Glick, who had a team-high six aces in the victory.
Pope would lead Lincolnwood in assists with 21, with McClelland, Krager (five kills) and Payne (four kills) her most frequent targets.
Defensively, McClelland also had two of her team’s four blocks, while Krager led the way with seven digs.
Nokomis would have 19 digs in the game, with Delaney Keiser matching Krager for the game-high. Kristen Stauder added in four digs and had one of Nokomis’ two kills. Audrey Sabol had the other kill and also put down a block in game two that momentarily brought the Redskins some momentum.
Nokomis, who was 3-9 going into Wednesday’s game with Mt. Olive, will look to turn things around in Franklin on Saturday, April 10, when they play the South County Vipers.
Lincolnwood will take on another red hot club, Morrisonville, who is 8-2 with a win over Hillsboro on April 6. The Lancers also play Saturday, in a home game against Gillespie.
April 6 at Raymond
Nokomis 10 6
Lincolnwood 25 25
Service Points: Lexie Millburg 9, Sidney Glick 7, Avery Pope 7, Maggie McClelland 5, Cassie Krager 4, Emme Weller 4. Aces: Sidney Glick 6, Lexie Millburg 3, Maggie McClelland 3, Cassie Krager 2, Avery Pope 2. Kills: Maggie McClelland 10, Cassie Krager 5, Katelyn Payne 4, Desi Pitchford 3, Sidney Glick 2, Avery Pope 1. Assists: Avery Pope 21, Sidney Glick 2. Blocks: Maggie McClelland 2, Cassie Krager 1, Desi Pitchford 1. Digs: Cassie Krager 7, Lexie Millburg 4, Maggie McClelland 4, Sidney Glick 3, Avery Pope 3.
Service Points: Skylar Stewart 2, Delaney Keiser 1. Aces: Skylar Stewart 1, Delaney Keiser 1. Kills: Kristen Stauder 1, Audrey Sabol 1. Assists: Presley Lamb 1, Mia Fesser 1. Blocks: Audrey Sabol 1. Digs: Delaney Keiser 7, Kristen Stauder 4, Mia Fesser 3, Addison Dangbar 2, Skylar Stewart 1, Presley Lamb 1, Alex Pavolka 1.
Records: Lincolnwood (9-1); Nokomis (3-9).