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Everything clicks for Lakers

October 15, 2012
Danbury High School

Everything clicks for Lakers

Oct 12, 2012     


Matthew Horn

Sports writer


DANBURY TOWNSHIP -- Danbury coach Marcy Raus allows one girl to play the bad-game card once in each match as a group.

The card was not used Thursday as the Lakers defeated Ottawa Hills 25-11, 25-21, 25-18 in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference.

Engelica Cichocki, Erin Lavelle and Lindsay Mark each had a kill, and Kim Holmes had an ace as she served for five straight points and a 6-1 advantage in Game 1 for Danbury (5-17, 3-9 TAAC). Megan Stephens and Lavelle each had a tip and Mark had an ace as she served for six consecutive points in the second game.

"All season I've told them they can do it, they just have to want it," Raus said. "It came through that they're capable and have the ability to go out and play solid. They played like a machine with all the parts firing.

"They were running an offense running, setting and swinging. It wasn't tips. The passes were on."

The Lakers played their best volleyball of the season through most of the first two games.

"They had the momentum and carried it on," Raus said. "They believed they could do it. When they got down, they pulled themselves out of it. They knew what to do and they executed."

Ottawa Hills (3-14, 1-11 TAAC) scored five straight points for a 17-14 deficit in Game 2 and climbed within 21-18 in the third game before Danbury scored the last four points. The Lakers have often lost focus, become flustered and had trouble regrouping in such situations but Thursday was different.

Danbury played with energy, confidence and emotion Thursday.

"You know when we're all on and we were all on, and could feel it," Lavelle said.

The Lakers didn't win a match in the TAAC the first time through the league, including the 25-13, 19-25, 25-17, 25-16 setback to the Green Bears.

"Danbury played more aggressively than the last match," Ottawa Hills coach Richard Gerken said. "That rocked us back on our heels. They hit better and the middle was strong (Thursday)."

The Lakers lost only three matches in the second half of conference play.

"We've turned it around," Lavelle said. "We knew it was the last home game and we wanted to show the fans what we can be like. Let's show what we've got for the seniors.

"The second part of the TAAC we showed we were competitive."

Cichocki, Holmes and Morgan Snyder are seniors for Danbury.

Lavelle had five kills, a block-kill and an ace in Game 1, and four kills, one tip and served for five straight points in the second game. She had two kills, one block-kill and two aces in a run of four straight points in Game 3.

Lavelle's eyes got wide with excitement and she encouraged her teammates to keep it up after she served for the final two points in the second game.

"Early in the season we lost to them in four," Lavelle said. "We knew we should have beat them. We wanted to do it for the seniors. As soon as we made it over that hump, we knew we had the (second) game."

Lavelle had two notable kills from well off the net during the match. One fan frequently told those around him that the hammer was coming as the set went up from Alyssa Almendinger for Lavelle.

"I love hitting," Lavelle said. "That's my favorite thing to do. I have games when I'm on. I've tried to work on my back-row hitting as a weak spot. I've tried to get it down and nail it to get points from the back row."

Stephens had three kills in Game 2, and Mark had a kill and block-kill for consecutive points in the third game. Snyder had an ace in Game 1.


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