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Lakewood cant dethrone Kings
Coach Monica Rooney believes her volleyball team this year has great potential. The coach of the Cougars squad saw promising signs as the team took on Kings High School in a league match Sept. 18.
The Cougars lost the match 25-14, 25-7, 25-18 but showed significantly better signs than the previous week against Cedarcrest. They made fewer unforced errors, served with greater consistency and depth, and generally looked much more polished all around.
Tawnya Hulslander began the first game serving for Lakewood and got the Cougars off to a brief lead. She was aided by an early kill from Liliya Kibitskaya, who then served an ace of her own for the Cougars.
Kibitskaya made some impressive digs as well, including one impromptu effort on a ball hit directly at her face. She could not, however, do enough to keep Lakewood from struggling on serve defense. Kings continually scored points with hard and well-placed serves. The Lakewood back row did not turn enough of the serves into settable balls for their hitters.
Kings also had an imposing height advantage, lining up taller girls across the net at every position. They put away a number of kills by hitting over the Lakewood blockers.
The second set went poorly for Lakewood as they struggled to get their offense going. A few well- placed kills from Juliet Dvorak salvaged some dignity but the 25-7 margin accurately reflected Kings domination of the game.
In the third set, Lakewood sprang back to life. Jocelyn Shafer got them going in the right direction with an ace to start things off. Aly Stewart slammed home a winner moments later to give the Cougars a 2-1 lead. The Cougars tailed off a bit from their hot start to the set and saw Kings seize control yet again, eventually leading 22-11. At that point Lakewood went on a huge run as Peyton Mizells serving got them right back into the match. Mizell scored six consecutive points for the Cougars, pulling them close on the scoreboard but the team could not overcome the large deficit and fell 25-18.
Coach Rooney was not disappointed at all in the Lakewood effort, seeing some of their hard work in practice paying off on the court.
Kings is a very good team, but we played much better this week than last, said Rooney. There are a number of positive things we can build off of, and were going to go out tomorrow and have a great practice. I keep reminding the girls that we get another crack at these teams that beat us early.
Rooney went on to say that its never just one thing that needs fixing.
There are so many facets to the game, we will continue to work on all of them, she continued. I want the girls to read the court effectively and make good decisions.
Lakewoods next match Sept. 27 against Coupeville.