LAKEVIEW – Lakeview’s volleyball team started out with a bang, noted coach Tammy Dey.
But recent matches have given the Wildcats fits.
Monday night was no exception to the latter, as the Wildcats lost both matches of a Central State Activities Association triangular match.
Lakeview (19-17-4) lost the first match 25-20, 25-21 to White Cloud, then lost 25-17, 25-18 to Reed City.
The first game against the Indians went back and forth, with a lot of runs made by both teams.
“We just missed a lot of hits,” Dey said. “We had to make sure to get on top of the ball.”
Lakeview got going late in the second game to make it close.
“I think they (Lakeview) try to put pressure on themselves,” Dey said. “We need to work harder instead of coming from behind.”
That was the case in both games of the match against the Coyotes, Dey said.
“We tend to do that a lot,” she said. “We get into a hole and we push a lot. We have to start out stronger than we have been.”
The two losses dropped Lakeview’s conference record to 6-5.
Andrea Henry led the Wildcats with eight kills. Cecila Bayne added a team-high 26 assists.
Rebecca Matthews had 13 digs and Estelle Molitor had five aces, tops on the Wildcats.
Lauren Jaquays made six blocks on the night.
Lakeview will be off until Saturday when they play in the Morley-Stanwood Invitational. So there’s a lot of work for the Wildcats to do, Dey said.
“We don’t go anywhere until Saturday so we’ll go back to basics and push those.”
That means a lot of practices without any competition.
“I think it will keep us motivated,” Dey said. “We will get back to basic skills. They (Lakeview) are excited to go to Morley. Getting back to basics will help.”