STANTON — The Lakeview Wildcats were down, but not out. All they needed was some momentum.
After some early unforced errors, the Wildcats found what they needed for a thrilling five game come from behind win over the Central Montcalm Hornets on Wednesday night.
The Hornets — hosting it’s annual “Pink Out” game — jumped out to a 2-0 lead with 25-14, 25-19 victories in the first two games. Lakeview, though, battled back for wins in the final three games 25-20, 25-23, 15-8 for the win.
“Normally, I think they wouldn’t have come back as strong as they did tonight,” Lakeview coach Tammy Dey said. “They really talked about how they wanted to win tonight and they knew they weren’t done. They just kept pushing.”
Central Montcalm coach Haley Dawe thought her team played tough all night long, but Lakeview cut down on some of their errors.
“I honestly think the difference was Lakeview had a lot of unforced errors in the first two games,” she said. “They missed some serves and we used those opportunities to get wins.”
In the end, Lakeview had the momentum.
“I don’t think we played any worse,” Dawe said. “We battled and played pretty good tonight and our momentum died. Volleyball is such a game of momentum.”
In game four, the momentum changed sides several times down the stretch.
Central Montcalm led 14-11, but the Wildcats battled back for a 20-18 lead. The Hornets grabbed the momentum back with a 3-0 run for a 21-20 advantage.
Following a Lakeview timeout, the Wildcats reeled off four straight points for a 24-21 lead. Central Montcalm won the next two points, but the Wildcats finished it off for a two point win.
“Even though we lost the first two, the fact we continued to fight and keep going, I’m very proud,” Dey said.
Lakeview jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the deciding fifth game and never looked back.
“They are very disappointed, especially this being our ‘Pink Out’ game,” Dawe said. “Lakeview is always our rival in every sport. We want to beat them. We played twice before and did beat them. It’s hard to beat a good team three times.”
Combined, the two teams had played just three five-game matches all season long. The fans in attendance definitely got what they paid for.
“Yes it was a good show,” Dawe said. “We had great fans here tonight for a good cause. It was nice they got to see a good match.”
Paige Switzer led the Hornets with 15 digs, 11 kills and seven blocks. Michaela Crooks had 11 assists and eight kills. Brooke Hollenbeck added 12 digs, while Haylee Misner had eight assists and three aces.
The Hornets fell to 9-11-3 overall and 2-5 in the CSAA.
Erin Vanderzand led the Wildcats with 21 kills, including the final kill of the night. She also had four aces.
Estelle Molitor had 37 assists, Keelie Outman 10 digs, Sheena Norton nine digs and Chelsea Lint nine digs. Andrea Henry had six kills.
Lakeview improved to 14-19-2 overall and 4-3 in the league.
Central Montcalm hosts Vestaburg tonight, while the Wildcats travel to Morley Stanwood on Saturday.