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September 14, 2017 Lady Lions better from the service line but fall short vs. Wapello
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A fast start and competitive first set did not hold Tuesday night as the Lady Lions volleyball team played host to Wapello. The Arrows swept Lone Tree 25-21, 25-11, 25-10.

Exploiting a similar flaw that IMS had a few days previous, Lone Tree had some success from the service line that allowed them to build an early lead.

“One of our goals was to cut down on our service errors,” coach Laura Sieverding said, which they did ever so slightly in the match.

“We have been working a lot on our serving, so I think the girls are starting to see the opportunities and trying to hit those spots and take advantage where they can,” coach Sondra Prybil said.

The first set was tight throughout as Wapello slowly made back the ground before getting the necessary advantage to pull away for the opening set win.

The coaches said, despite the tight loss, there was more of a crispness when it came to passing, serving and communication. Something that inexplicably went missing in later sets.

Early runs in sets two and three propelled Wapello to more comfortable wins. The drop off from the opening set left the coaching staff looking for answers.

“We’re not really sure (what happened). That’s what we’re trying to figure out ourselves,” Sieverding said. “We couldn’t return a serve, we let things drop literally between two people.”

“It was a big energy shift from somewhere. It felt like we just dropped a whole energy level,” Prybil said.

One thing that really seemed to hamper their ability to finish off points was the inability to use power to put away points. The team relied on trying to use finesse more often than not, but the coaches said that figuring out when to use different types of shots is something their constantly working on in practice.

They also said they have to make sure they get set properly and use the proper technique and don’t try to take the easy way out on kill attempts.

Despite the loss, there were some encouraging signs. Prybil said she was pleasantly surprised by some of the performances on the night where they just threw people into the lineup to see how they’d react. They praised Skyler Smith as a defensive specialist and for Whitney Willoz for possibly offering an option to sure up the back line.

“We brought Holley Johnson up tonight, it was her first night on varsity and we brought her in to serve because it looked like Riley Warson was getting tired, and I thought she did a phenomenal job,” Sieverding said.

“I think once she gets used to varsity and who she is playing next to, what (her) responsibilities are, she’ll become even better.”

Scoring Summary

Wapello: 25; 25; 25

Lone Tree: 21; 11; 10

Stat Leaders

Kills

Riley Warson 5

Zoie Simonsen 5

Assists

Nico Smith 11

Digs

Riley Warson 9

Zoie Simonsen 7

Serving

Skylar Smith 13-13, 3 aces

WINFIELD

The Lady Lions did not find the Lady Wolves to be hospitable hosts when they played Winfield-Mount Union Sept. 7. They swept Lone Tree 25-13, 25-7, 25-16..

Offensively, the team struggled to put chances away. Riley Warson led the Lady Lions’ offense with nine kills and was the only Lone Tree player with a positive kill efficiency.

Setter Nico Smith still managed double-digit assists (11) and was second on the team in digs with Carly Moore (7). Zoie Simonsen led the team in digs with nine.

The Lady Lions have won just one set over the course of their 11-match losing streak. They will look to break that streak when they host Columbus Junction Sept. 12.

Scoring Summary

Lone Tree: 13; 7; 16

Winfield-Mount Union: 25; 25; 25

Stat Leaders

Kills

Riley Warson 9

Zoie Simonsen 5

Assists

Nico Smith 11

Digs

Zoie Simonsen 9

Nico Smith 7

Carly Moore 7

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