Lakeview picked up a league win and some city bragging rights along the way in its 3-0 victory over crosstown rival Harper Creek in volleyball action on Wednesday.
In a Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference East Division matchup, the Spartans played with a high level of intensity from start to finish, earning themselves a 25-22, 25-17, 25-23 sweep at Harper Creek High School.
“We’ve been working on the culture of the team and having a little more energy from the first whistle to the last whistle,” Lakeview head coach Heather Sawyer said. “Tonight we did a good job of that. I think it’s one of the reasons why we came up with a 3-0 win.”
In the first game of the night, Lakeview jumped out to an early 15-9 lead, only to see Harper Creek battle back to bring the score within two at 24-22.
But Lakeview was able to put the game when senior Macy McCullough connected on a spike, giving the Spartans a 25-22 win and a 1-0 lead.
In the second game the lead see-sawed early, until some precise serving by Payton Moore aided a 4-0 Spartan run, giving Lakeview a 10-6 lead that it would never look back from.
In the third game, the Spartans jumped out to an 11-4 lead, only to see it dwindle down to one point, 24-23. But, again it was McCullough ending the game with a slam down the left sideline, giving Lakeview the sweep.
With the win the Spartans improve to 2-1 in SMAC East play while the Beavers drop to 1-2.
“We did a great job with our gameplan tonight,” Sawyer said. “In the last two weeks we’ve been working on execution off the first ball, whether that be off servicing or off digs in transition. So tonight was pretty good. We were able to fulfill some of our plans from the last two weeks of practice.”
Lakeview got solid efforts from seniors Moore and McCullough as well as sophomore Hannah Emery and junior Madison Olsen. Moore had 21 assists from the setter position. McCullough led the Spartans with six kills and six digs while Emery also had six kills. Olsen led the Spartans with eight digs and two blocks.
Harper Creek’s Lexi Latshaw led the Beavers with 17 digs and Megan Gwathney had 24 assists. Breeana Ganton had six kills and 12 digs.
Olivia Leson had nine kills and five digs while Lauren Grimes and Kaycee Klaren each had eight kills.
“It’s always fun playing the Spartans,” Harper Creek head coach Terra King said. “Obviously we’re disappointed with the outcome.
“However, I did see some good things from our girls tonight and we’re just going to keep plucking away and working hard.”