All good things must come to an end, or at least that’s true in the case of most win streaks. After peeling off 10 consecutive wins, the Lincolnwood volleyball team finally suffered their second loss of the season, falling to a talented Greenfield-Northwestern squad, who had won 11 straight going into the game on April 12, in Palmyra.
The Tigers and Lancers were both regional champions last year and their meeting on Monday was evidence that the two teams hadn’t lost a step. Lincolnwood led much of the first set and was up 22-13, before the Tigers rallied behind the serving of Alexis Pohlman.
They would eventually cut the lead to two and get the all-important first game win by a 27-25 final score. With the momentum of the comeback, the hosts would hold on to take down the Lancers in two with a 25-20 victory.
Greenfield-Northwestern served up Lincolnwood a taste of their own medicine in the match, digging up 51 Lancer hits, with Alexis Pohlman and Baylee Bilbruck leading the way. Pohlman would have 12 digs in the match, while Bilbruck added 10.
The Lancers were no slouches in the dig department either, with Lexie Millburg leading the team with 19, followed by Cassie Krager with 16, Maggie McClelland with 10 and Sidney Glick with seven.
Kersty Gibbs would lead the Tiger attack with eight kills, while Bilbruck and Jessa Vetter added in seven apiece. Senior Kaitlyn Foiles led the team in assists with 23 as the Tigers extended their own win streak to 12.
Lincolnwood's attack was led by Katelyn Payne and Cassie Krager, each of whom had six kills. Maggie McClelland would add in four kills, while Avery Pope had two kills and 19 assists.
McClelland also led the team in serving, posting seven points and an ace, while Millburg and Pope each had five points.
Now 11-2 on the season, Lincolnwood will look to end their season on a high note as they travel to Springfield Calvary on Thursday, April 15, followed by the season finale at home against Carlinville on Friday, April 16.
April 12 at Palmyra
Lincolnwood 25 20
Greenfield-NW 27 25
Service Points: Maggie McClelland 7, Lexie Millburg 5, Avery Pope 5, Cassie Krager 3, Emme Weller 2. Aces: Maggie McClelland 1, Lexie Millburg 1. Kills: Katelyn Payyne 6, Cassie Krager 6, Maggie McClelland 4, Avery Pope 2, Haelee Damm 2, Sidney Glick 1, Desi Pitchford 1. Assists: Avery Pope 19, Cassie Krager 1. Blocks: Katelyn Payne 2, Cassie Krager 1. Digs: Lexie Millburg 19, Cassie Krager 16, Maggie McClelland 10, Sidney Glick 7, Avery Pope 6, Katelyn Payne 3, Desi Pitchford 3, Haelee Damm 2.
Records: Lincolnwood (11-2); Greenfield-Northwestern (15-1).