ELKHART — It was a rough night on the hardwood for the Lakeland Christian Academy volleyball team. The Cougars went north to take on Elkhart Christian Academy and were served up a 3-0 sweep by the host Eagles.
“I think there was a consistency issue for us tonight,” remarked LCA head coach Glenn Goldsmith. “We lost our libero (Heather Plastow) on Tuesday so we had bigs playing the back line, something they had not done much this year. The other thing was that we struggled with was being able to play in a rally. If it wasn’t one of two plays, we were losing that rally.”
The Cougars started slow in the first game of the night, which allowed ECA to build a nice cushion. The Eagles would take the first set in convincing fashion, 25-7.
LCA had a much better start in the second set, but the Eagles were still able to string together bigger runs and were better at limiting their mistakes. Despite a valiant effort in its serving, LCA would fade in this set as well, suffering a 25-15 loss.
“We had some positives tonight, definitely,” Goldsmith continued. “Our bigs played really well. Our serving was pretty good tonight as well. There are things to build on going into our next match.”
ECA once again pulled away in the third set to win 25-13, aided, in part, by a stellar serving performance from Adeline Findley.
The Cougars were led statistically by Cami Dahms. The freshman had four digs, three kills and an assist. Sydney Hobbs led the team with five assists while Jessica Slone was tops with four kills. Baylee Wiley added three digs and led the team with a pair of aces.
LCA (6-22) plays at Traders Point on Saturday.
The JV team fell 2-0 to ECA (25-11, 25-16).