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“Killing” it

McKenzie Lane

Lakewood varsity volleyball had a rough season last year–and that is no secret; however on August 24th things began to change.

When facing out-of-conference opponent, Valley Forge, the team pulled together for a win,  3-1.

They started off strong, dominating them offensively (thanks to senior outside hitter, Eliza Richardson) and maintaining an indestructible defense. Ending the first set 25-15, the Lady Rangers went into the second set with a confident (maybe too much so) mindset and ended up losing the set 18-25–-that blow did not stop them though.

Tied at 1-1, the girls knew that they had to come back now, or they never would—and that is exactly what they did, winning the third set 25-16.

The fourth set had now come around, and hearts were beating fast. This was what determined whether or not the team went on to five sets or achieve their first win in nearly two seasons.

In a tough fought battle the Lakewood varsity team did it; they had finally won.

After scoring the game-winning point, Richardson was asked how asked that point and winning the game felt.  Her response was, “It felt great to end the streak of frustration on such a positive note. I think everything is going to go up from here due to our motivation”. Coach Szczepaniak shared similar thoughts by saying she felt “ecstatic and excited.” When asked if she thinks this will foreshadow the rest of the season, she responded, “I think it is a good indication of the type of talent and competitiveness we can bring the the court.”

The win on Saturday was not only a confidence boost but the start of a new direction in which Lakewood’s volleyball program will head.