Backed by a large and loud student section, the Lincolnwood High School volleyball team celebrated senior night with a victory on Monday, Oct. 21, beating Pawnee in three games.
The Lancers would come out with momentum in game one after honoring seniors Madison Krager and Kyra Shull, each of whom had been with the Lincolnwood volleyball program since their sixth grade year.
Lincolnwood scored the first three points of the match and continued to hold the Indians at arms length in the early going. Pawnee would rally back, tying the score at 7-7 and taking their first lead on an ace, but Lincolnwood would regain the lead and hold it for much of the contest.
Despite being out in front, the Lancers were unable to shake the Indians as Pawnee kept it a one to two point game. Down 16-13, Pawnee got the ball back and Haleigh Meier served up five straight points to give her team a 19-16 lead, just their second advantage of the game.
The Pawnee lead would grow to as many as three down the stretch, but Lincolnwood closed the gap to 23-22 with a tip kill by Maggie McClelland before a hit out of bounds and an error gave the Indians a 25-22 win.
Game two would start in similar fashion, with Lincolnwood jumping out to a 3-0 lead behind the serving of Sidney Glick, before Pawnee picked up two straight points. This time, the Lancers wouldn't let the lead slip away though.
After leading 9-7, Lincolnwood went on a run and outscored the Indians 11-6 to build up a seven-point lead, their biggest of the game. Pawnee would get as close as four, but the Lancers scored the final two points of the contest to score a 25-17 win.
As they did in the first two games, Lincolnwood pulled ahead early in game three with a 4-1 advantage. Pawnee wouldn't get much closer as the game went on, scoring just five service points the rest of the way.
After having some struggles against the Pawnee attack in the first two games, Lincolnwood picked up a big block by Katelyn Payne to make it 15-10, then continued to keep the Indians off balance the rest of the way out.
On offense, the combo of Madison Krager and Cassie Krager hammered home kills to increase Lincolnwood's lead to eight, with Payne picking up the game winner with a well placed spike to secure the 25-18 victory and Lincolnwood's 26th win of the year.
Maggie McClelland would also have a late kill against the Indians and led the team with eight kills on the night. Madison Krager and Katelyn Payne would have seven kills each, while Cassie Krager added six. Avery Pope led the team in assists, with 12.
Cassie Krager would pace the Lancers with 17 digs and two blocks, as she shared the blocks lead with Payne. Sidney Glick also had seven digs for the Lancers.
Glick would lead the team in service points with 13 on the night, including one ace, while Emme Weller had seven points and an ace. Lexie Millburg (five), Maggie McClelland (five) and Jasmine Vickery (four) also contributed in the serving game for the Lancers.
The win gives Lincolnwood a final regular season record of 26-8-1 as they enter the Mt. Olive Regional as the number one seed. Their first game at Mt. Olive will be on Wednesday, Oct. 30, against the winner of Metro-East Lutheran and Mt. Olive, who play on Monday, Oct. 28.
October 21 at Raymond
Pawenee 25 17 18
Lincolnwood 22 25 25
Service Points: Sidney Glick 13, Emme Weller 7, Lexie Millburg 5, Maggie McClelland 5, Jasmine Vickery 4, Kyra Shull 2, Cassie Krager 1, Avery Pope 1. Aces: Lexie Millburg 1, Sidney Glick 1, Emme Weller 1, Jasmine Vickery 1. Kills: Maggie McClelland 8, Madison Krager 7, Katelyn Payne 7, Cassie Krager 6, Avery Pope 3, Sidney Glick 1. Assists: Avery Pope 12, Cassie Krager 4, Sidney Glick 3, Emme Weller 2. Blocks: Cassie Krager 2, Katelyn Payne 2. Digs: Cassie Krager 17, Sidney Glick 7, Lexie Millburg 4, Maggie McClelland 3, Avery Pope 3, Madison Krager 1, Kyra Shull 1, Emme Weller 1.
Record: Lincolnwood (26-8-1).