PHOTOS BY: Jonna Hall
It didn’t take long for the Lady Knights volleyball team to get past Mansfield Senior on Tuesday night Sept. 13. West Holmes took down the Tygers in three short sets and if it wasn’t for some poor service by the Lady Knights in set three the game may have been over even faster.
In the end, the Lady Knights won the Ohio Cardinal Conference match in three easy sets 25-5, 25-9 and 25-16. After set one, junior Lauren Park and most of the starters never saw the floor again as they rested for their next OCC game at Wooster on Thursday the 15th. That meant that West Holmes’ volleyball coach Savannah Moore was able to parade some of her younger athletes in the program onto the court to take care of business and they had no problem finishing off the Tygers.
“We got a lot of people in the rotation, so that was nice,” said Moore. “It’s nice to get some of the girls that work really hard at practice into a varsity match. Our starters came out and took care of business so we could do so.”
Kacie Leppla, the Lady Knights’ setter, hung out on the court the longest of the starters and had three kills, 22 assists, five digs, five aces and a total of 17 service points in the win. In set two alone Kacie Leppla served seven straight points to put the Lady Knights way ahead at 7-0. In their short time on the floor Park ripped 12 kills, Kylie Leppla had five digs and six service points and Regan Wilcox added four kills for the Lady Knights.
West Holmes was dominant in game one with their starters on the floor flying out to a 15-1 lead and then cruising to an easy 25-5 win behind the crushing blows from Park.
Set two started with Kacie Leppla’s wizardry at the service line as she belted serve after serve across the net that the Tygers simply had no answer for. Mansfield Senior made a mini-comeback in set two to get the score to 13-6 before the Lady Knights, with most of their reserves on the floor at this point, took back over and closed out the set 25-9.
In set three Moore wasn’t too happy with the service from the Lady Knights as they made five errors at the line, but in the long run it didn’t matter too much as it was obvious the Lady Knights would still be able to close out the set with relative ease.
“In the third set we lost some mental focus at the serving line, missing five serves,” said Moore. “In games like this it is hard to stay focused and that was one point I wanted to make tonight because that is one thing that we have struggled with this year. The five service misses were the only thing I was disappointed with tonight.”
The Lady Knights are now 6-5 on the season and 2-3 in the Ohio Cardinal Conference. Up next the Lady Knights travel to Wooster on Sept. 15 and are looking to draw back to an even record in the conference.