The Lincolnwood volleyball team continued to click on all cylinders on Monday, Sept. 23, as they took down Gillespie in two sets 25-13, 25-14.
The Lancers would fall behind early in the first set, but quickly regrouped and erased a 3-0 deficit with Sidney Glick on the service line. Glick, who led the team in points with seven, served up five straight points to give Lincolnwood a 6-3 lead. Madison Krager had a kill to get the Lancers the serve, then two more in the run to put her team ahead.
Lincolnwood wouldn't look back after that as they led by at least three points the rest of the way out. The Miners would get just one service point after the initial three to start the game as Lincolnwood finished off the 12-point victory on a free ball kill by Katelyn Payne.
Game two followed a similar pattern, except Lincolnwood jumped out to an early 8-1 advantage with Lexi Millburg serving. Millburg got all six of her service points in the set, including a pair of aces that gave her team momentum.
The Miners would chip away at the early margin though, cutting the lead all the way down to 10-9 before Lincolnwood broke Gillespie's serve.
The Lancers would slowly rebuild their lead, with Gillespie staying within four or five, until five straight service points from Emme Weller to end the game with a nine point lead.
Lincolnwood would be solid all over the court, getting eight kills from Katelyn Payne and seven from Cassie Krager. Avery Pope led the way with seven assists as the Lancers finished the game with 25 kills, compared to just ten for Gillespie.
Defensively, Pope had two blocks and two digs, while Lexie Millburg and Cassie Krager led the team in digs with eight apiece.
The victory was also number 899 in the history of the program. To get win number 900 in their next game, the Lancers will have to take down Springfield Lutheran on the Crusaders' home floor on Thursday, Sept. 26. Both Lincolnwood and Lutheran are 3-0 in conference play this season and the winner would have a definite advantage in the race for an MSM Conference championship.
September 23 at Raymond
Gillespie 13 14
Lincolnwood 25 25
Service Points: Sidney Glick 7, Lexie Millburg 6, Emme Weller 5, Maggie McClelland 4, Kyra Shull 3, Avery Pope 3, Cassie Krager 3. Aces: Avery Pope 3, Lexie Millburg 2, Cassie Krager 1, Sidney Glick 1, Kyra Shull 1, Emme Weller 1. Kills: Katelyn Payne 8, Cassie Krager 7, Madison Krager 5, Maggie McClelland 3, Lexie Millburg 1, Sidney Glick 1. Assists: Avery Pope 7, Cassie Krager 3, Emme Weller 3, Sidney Glick 2. Blocks: Avery Pope 2. Digs: Lexie Millburg 8, Cassie Krager 8, Sidney Glick 2, Avery Pope 2, Emme Weller 2, Madison Krager 1, Maggie McClelland 1, Kyra Shull 1.
Service Points: Madison Niemeyer 3, Sydney Bires 3, Eve Kaduk 3. Aces: Madison Niemeyer 2. Kills: Kenzy Mix 3, Emily Schmidt 3, Sydney Bires 2, Madison Niemeyer 1, Iris Page 1. Assists: Eve Kaduk 5, Madison Niemeyer 2, Sydney Bires 1. Blocks: Kenzy Mix 1, Sydney Bires 1, Bella Kochinski 1. Digs: Madison Niemeyer 9, Emily Schmidt 8, Sydney Bires 7, Iris Page 6, Kenzy Mix 6, Bella Kochinski 3, Lucy Gucciardo 1, Eve Kaduk 1.
Records: Lincolnwood (14-3), Gillespie (6-10).