The Lady Lakers took the excitement over to Norris Middle School on Monday, and came home with the win.
In the first set, the girls were amped up to beat the Senators, and kept hitting the ball long. The Lakers subbed in Stella Farrow to see if she could provide a spark in the first set. While she played well, the Lady Lakers were unable to put it all together at the same time.
This caused the Lakers to drop the first set in an unimpressive fashion.
The Lakers went into the huddle and talked about focusing the energy, and finding the points. The ladies would leave the huddle and take over.
Karoline Arender started the second set with four cannonesque serves that would not be returned.
From that moment on, the Lakers took the lead and would not let it go. Emerie Bullock would serve the next four serves to take the lead 8-2. Lily Parson and Julia Owens made four serves as well. While the serving proved overwhelming, the floor play improved the second set dramatically. Dakotah Berlin and Coy Tomlinson had a strong set to help the Lakers find their way in the floor play.
The Lady Lakers were able to find the holes in the Senators defense by tipping the ball and sending balls into the back corners. The Senators tried to fight back, but ultimately came up short 25-23.
The third set was more of the same. Arender started with three serves, and Bullock put them away with the next seven serves. The Lakers would only need to serve one more point to defeat the Senators. A lot of serves were not returned by the Senators, but those that were returned were handled by the back-row passing. The passing found Bulllock and Natalie Ward, and they were able to set great balls to their hitters. The hitters had their choice of swinging or tipping, which gave the Lakers a varied attack.
The Lakers have been on the dominant end of the series the past three years, beating Norris three out of the last four games. Norris barely escaped with the win last season at LCMS in the third set.
The Lakers improved in district play to 8-1, and were looking to win another district tournament.