Lancers Serve Up One Successful Senior Night

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Lincolnwood seniors Sidney Glick and Desi Pitchford have had different paths to success on the court for the Lancers, but according to their coach, there is a tie that binds the two.

“They’re both always smiling and positive on the court,” Coach Kimberly Denney said during the senior night ceremony at the Woodshed in Raymond on Oct. 18. “What will I remember about them? Sid’s motivation and Desi’s excitement. After every play you can count on Sid telling you that you did good or to shake it off when you mess up. Same with Desi, she’s always cheering loud and getting excited over good plays, keeping the team pumped up.”

And there was plenty to be excited about on Monday, as the Lancers improved their record to 29-5-1 on the season with a 25-7, 25-14 victory over MSM rival Pawnee.

Lincolnwood led 6-0 before Pawnee scored their first point and increased their lead to 11-2 at one point early in the game. Pawnee cut the lead down to six at one point, but Avery Pope went on a serving run that put the game away as she racked up five aces and 11 straight points to give her team an insurmountable lead.

Pawnee would get just one more point the rest of the way out as Lincolnwood found themselves just one game away from win number 29.

Like the first game, the Lancers staked themselves to an early lead, with Glick serving up eight straight points. Before the game, Denney said that the four-year starter still has a chance to set school ace records and the seven she posted on Monday brought her to 195 for her career.

“She’s currently in second place in Lincolnwood history in both,” Denney said of the season and career ace records for the program. “I’ve heard all season long from opposing coaches, ‘Is this girl ever going to graduate?’”

The big lead kept the Lancers comfortable throughout the rest of the match as the closest the Indians were able to get was within eight. More aces followed the ones served up by Glick and Pope as six different players had point scoring serves to total 21 aces in 49 serving attempts on the night, with just two service errors.

Lincolnwood also had 26 kills on the attack, led by Hailee Belsher with eight and Haelee Damm with six. Pitchford also put down five kills, while Jazmin Seaton-Hobson (4) and Glick (3) also contributed. Tessa Funderburk led Lincolnwood with 15 assists while Avery Pope added eight assists.

Defensively, Lincolnwood finished with 25 digs and just two dig errors. Seaton-Hobson, Pope and Pitchford all had five digs apiece to lead the way.

With an enthusiastic student section, a big crowd and a victory closer to their fifth 30-win season, Monday was a proper send off for a senior class that may have been small in numbers, but were big in heart.

“Ladies, I’m so proud of you. You stepped up to fill some big shoes and you did it with kindness and humility. I look forward to watching you bloom in the years to come,” Coach Denney said. “We all love you and are going to miss seeing you play in the Woodshed next season. Thank you for so many years of laughter, hard work and dedication. You make your parents, the volleyball program, and our community proud.”

With the season now complete, the next step toward cementing their place in Lincolnwood volleyball history comes on Monday, Oct. 25, when they open up the Edinburg Regional against the Mt. Olive Wildcats. A win on Monday would give Lincolnwood their first 30-win season since 2017 and a date with either Nokomis or Edinburg on Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the regional semifinals.

October 18 at Raymond

Pawnee 7 14

Lincolnwood 25 25

Lincolnwood Statistics

Service Points: Sidney Glick 15, Avery Pope 10, Haelee Damm 4, Desi Pitchford 3, Jasmine Vickery 3, Hailee Belsher 2. Aces: Sidney Glick 7, Avery Pope 5, Haelee Damm 4, Desi Pitchford 2, Jasmine Vickery 2, Hailee Belsher 1. Kills: Hailee Belsher 8, Haelee Damm 6, Desi Pitchford 5, Jazmin Seaton-Hobson 4, Sidney Glick 3. Assists: Tessa Funderburk 15, Avery Pope 8. Digs: Jazmin Seaton-Hobson 5, Avery Pope 5, Desi Pitchford 5, Tessa Funderburk 3, Sidney Glick 2, Jasmine Vickery 2, Hailee Belsher 2, Haelee Damm 1.

Record: Lincolnwood (29-5-1).

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