Lady Vikes host crosstown rivals after 2-1 weekend
Lakeview High volleyball saw an extended winning streak come to an end on Saturday at the Aurora Invite.
The Lady Vikes dropped a 2-0 decision to Class B No. 6 Waverly in the last match of the day, snapping a run of six in a row after a 2-1 loss to Class C-2 Stanton in the final match of the Boone Central Tournament on Sept. 8.
The team is now 11-4 on the season ahead of Tuesday’s city rivalry with 9-5 Scotus Central Catholic.
“You always like to walk away with a win regardless of the way the rest of the day went,” coach K.C. Belitz said. “Overall, looking at the numbers, we did not perform as well as we had been over the last couple of weeks, and yet I feel really good having a win over Aurora for a second time, and, obviously, Kearney Catholic is having a very nice season. Those two wins, that’s pretty good. You feel pretty good about that.
“The positive there is that we were just tough enough and did enough to win those two matches when we weren’t our absolute best. That’s probably a good indicator.”
A previous win over Aurora came at the Huskies home tournament on Sept. 13 by set scores of 25-18, 25-14.
Abby Kapels and Britney Stock each had 12 kills, and three others had at least four in a win that saw Lakeview hit .385 as a team and hold Aurora to just .099.
Saturday was closer with a 26-24 first set Viking win followed by a 25-18 second set score to close it out. Kapels again led with nine kills while Emily Van Cleave totaled eight and Stock six. Lakeview hit just .109 this time but also had seven aces to two serving errors and covered the floor with 64 digs to 38 for Aurora.
In the second match with C-1 No. 8 Kearney Catholic, Kapels totaled nine kills, Van Cleave had six and the defense piled up 64 more digs in a 26-24, 25-18 winner.
Hitting percentage was again low at just .137.
“We were steady. There was no panic. The first two were both close,” Belitz said. “Against Kearney Catholic, we gave up a run of 10 straight points in the second set, and yet, didn’t panic. We stayed together long enough to get the job done. I feel good about the maturity that shows.”
The loss to Waverly 25-20 and 25-12 included a Kapels effort with seven kills but an overall team hitting percentage of just .017.
While the loss dropped the team to 11-4, each of those four losses came to either a ranked team or one that has made the Lincoln Journal Star Prep ratings at some point this season.
Lakeview fell to Class B No. 8 Seward in the season opener, dropped a match to previously C-1 No. 7 ranked Scotus a few days later then suffered the losses to Stanton and Waverly to bookend the winning streak.
“If we’re talking about the end of last season, I think we’ve exceeded expectations so far. But if we’re talking about what we felt about the team this summer, we’re more or less where I thought we’d be,” Belitz said. “We had a good summer together and did some things that suggested we had some potential to do some good things.
“Over this stretch, on balance, I think we have been pretty good.”
Pretty good faces another test on Tuesday at home.
Though Scotus is no longer a part of the C-1 top 10, the Shamrocks have won the last three meetings and 10 of 13 over the past four seasons.
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of the Columbus Telegram. You can reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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