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The pieces are there for Lone Tree volleyball; they just haven’t been able to come together for an entire set.
Lone Tree dropped a conference match 3-0 to Wapello (25-19, 25-18, 25-14), despite competing in every set and leading Wapello well into the third.
Wapello set the tone early by jumping out to a 9-1 lead and forcing a Lone Tree timeout. The team was able to talk things over and calm down and slowly start a comeback. The Lions used a solid set of serving including aces from Lily Miller and Whitney Willoz to bring things as close at 18-15. Wapello was able to then use a streak of Lone Tree unforced errors to win 25-19.
“There were a few spot kills where we were making good plays when they were on the run, but other than that it was a lot of unforced errors on our part,” Willoz said of Lone Tree’s performance.
The early part of the second set played out similar to the first as the Arrows jumped out to an 7-3 lead. This time though Lone Tree turned things around earlier, taking a 9-8 lead and forcing a Wapello timeout. Wapello went on to take seven straight points and built their lead to seven at 22-15 before a Lady Lion timeout.
A late effort saw back-to-back aces from Skylar Smith bring the score to 24-18, but Wapello closed out the set 25-18.
In the third the front row for Lone Tree stepped up their game and had multiple blocks and freshman Kylie Patterson had a pair of kills. Patterson led the team on the night with four kills and Holley Johnson and Smith added three each.
“At that time our blocking and defense overall were shutting them down and it forced them to adjust a lot of things,” Willoz said.
Lone Tree had five total blocks on the night, Patterson had two to lead Lone Tree.
Lone Tree went out to an early 7-3 lead and kept even with Wapello until the score was 9-9. From then on Wapello outscored Lone Tree 16-5 to win the set and sweep the match.
The loss puts Lone Tree at 1-19 on the season, but Willoz said despite their record the Lady Lions have improved as the season has gone on. Right now she said the defense is playing well; they just haven’t been able to piece as much offense together as they would like.
“We do a lot of conditioning and we just try and improve on the in-game skills that matter. For us offense is a lot of what we’re working on in practice,” Willoz said.
Lone Tree has three conference matches remaining this season. They hosted Winfield-Mount Union on Tuesday and travel to Columbus Junction on Thursday. They finish their conference slate with a home contest against Highland.
Lone Tree: 19; 18; 14
Wapello: 25; 25; 25
Kylie Patterson 4
Holley Johnson 3
Skylar Smith 3
Holley Johnson 11
Alyssa Knock 8
Kasey Chown 7
Kylie Patterson 2
Josie Mullinnix 1
Kasey Chown 1
Skylar Smith 1
Skylar Smith 2