Another successful season came to an end for the Lincolnwood High School volleyball team on Monday, Nov. 4, as the Lancers fell to a talented Waterloo Gibault Catholic team on their home court in Raymond.
After Greenfield-Northwestern dispatched New Athens in two games to start the Lincolnwood Sectional, the Lancers took the court against the Hawks, who entered the game with a record of 26-10.
The two teams would trade points throughout the early part of the first set, which was tied at 1-1, 2-2 and 3-3. Gibault would build up a three-point lead at 7-4, but an error and a kill by Madison Krager reeled the Hawks back in as the Lancers trailed by just one.
The visitors would go on a scoring run after that, getting kills from Kelly Papenberg and Abby Grohmann as their lead grew to as many as five at 11-6. A block and a kill by Cassie Krager would stop the streak, with an error getting the deficit back down to two points, but the see-saw style of the game continued after that as the two teams traded points.
With Lincolnwood down 13-10, Gibault got the ball back and had Grohmann at the service line. Senior hitter Ashlyn Wightman would go on a run with two kills and a block, giving the Hawks their biggest lead of the game at that point.
A service error would give Lincolnwood the ball and the Lancers would keep it close, but Gibault would keep the lead bouncing between three to four points until late in the game. With Grohmann back at the line, the Hawks closed out the contest on a 4-0 run as they came away with the 25-18 victory in the first set.
The second set would start the same way as the first did, although Gibault did hold a 5-1 lead at one point. Lincolnwood regrouped though and peeled off the next five points to take a 7-6 lead on an Avery Pope tip over the net.
The two teams would trade points to make it 8-7 in the Lancers' favor, but a kill by Papenberg would tie the game and an ace by Ande Grohmann would give Gibault a lead they would never relinquish. Grohman would go on to serve up three more aces and serve up eight points as the Hawks doubled up Lincolnwood 16-8.
The Hawks would build their lead to as many as ten, 20-10, but Lincolnwood would not give up as they shaved a few points off the margin. Facing match-point, Madison Krager put down a kill and a Gibault error brought Lincolnwood within six, before a hit by the Hawks narrowly made it over the net and landed in fair territory near the referee for the final point in the 25-18 clincher.
The loss ended the Lancers' season with a record of 28 wins, eight losses and one tie.
The team will lose two seniors, Madison Krager and Kyra Shull, of this year's roster, but will return a glut of talent, including a strong 2021 class and a freshmen group that now has a year of experience under their belts.
While it's yet to be determined just how far next year's group can go, this year's team has left quite the mark on the program, helping Lincolnwood volleyball surpass the 900 win mark (now at 913-591-1) and helping Coach Kimberly Denney, to her 200th win (now 206-87-1).
November 4 at Raymond
Lincolnwood Sectional Semifinal
Lincolnwood 18 18
Gibault Catholic 25 25
Service Points: Jasmine Vickery 4, Cassie Krager 2, Sidney Glick 2, Maggie McClelland 2, Avery Pope 2. Aces: Sidney Glick 1, Avery Pope 1. Kills: Madison Krager 4, Katelyn Payne 3, Cassie Krager 3, Avery Pope 2. Assists: Avery Pope 9. Digs: Lexie Millburg 8, Sidney Glick 7, Maggie McClelland 6, Avery Pope 6, Cassie Krager 5, Madison Krager 5, Katelyn Payne 2. Blocks: Cassie Krager 2, Katelyn Payne 2, Sidney Glick 1.
Records: Lincolnwood (28-8-1); Gibault (27-10).