Eighteen matches won. So far, so good.
The Lincoln Lady Railer volleyball team
is pleased… so far.
But, the Lady Railers are far from
satisfied about their future.
Last night's match against the Chatham
Glenwood Titans would fall in the category of "pleased so far." The
Lady Railers' pre-game and game attitude was almost "giddy" as the
team returned to play at home for the first time in almost a month.
From the time the home team was announced, using "humorous
nicknames" (coaches' nicknames were unfortunately omitted), to the
final point of the match not long afterward, the team was in a
celebration mode. Perhaps it was the joy of being 17-1 or just the
joy of playing at home again after weeks on the road or maybe it was
a moment of "peace" before the upcoming storm. Whatever the reason,
last night the Lady Railers simply just had fun as they dominated
the Titans 25-10, 25-15. The scores do not accurately reflect the
overpowering nature of the win.
In game one, for instance, of the
Titans' 10 points, each point except one was due to an unforced
error committed by the Railers. In game two, while Glenwood had a
few more earned points, those points were partially due to the
liberal substitutions made by the Railers in hopes of getting almost
everybody some playing time. For all intents and purposes the
Railers dominated the entire match.
Once again Brooklyn Robbins ran the
show with skill and toughness. With several teammates to set to on
any given point, Brook spread the ball around beautifully, giving
Glenwood very few chances to set up blocks. When she wasn't setting,
she was blocking (team-high four blocks) and serving (two aces)
well. And even though the game was a blowout, Brook kept her focus
throughout. A focused setter equals a focused team.
Michi McFadden was, well… untouchable.
The one Glenwood player who tried probably has bruises to show for
it today. The rest of Michi's kills left scorch marks in the LCHS
floor as they hit without being touched by anyone. Much of this was
due to great placement. Sometimes it was due to opposing players
fleeing to get out of the way. For the night, Michi had 12 kills,
and most every one of them was memorable. When she rotated to the
back row there was no letup in her play either. Michi finished the
night with eight service points, including one ace, and three
When McFadden wasn't dominating the
front line, the rest of her teammates were. Megan Hoffert, Julie
Fults and Kate Schonauer each added four decisive kills to help
bring home the Railer victory. Erin Frick continues to send
opponents' kills right back at them with her middle blocking skills.
At the service line, Maria Benitez and Mel Boyer continued doing the
major damage. Maria knocked down nine consistently good serves, and
Mel jump-served eight additional bullets at the Titans. All in all
the Railers were just too much for the Titans to handle. Celebration
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Now, about the Railers' yet "unmet
satisfaction" in the immediate future.
Satisfaction would mean:
Satisfaction is going to have to be earned over the next 46 days.
Standing in the way of "satisfaction"
are, most notably, teams named Sacred Heart-Griffin, Normal
Community and Jacksonville, as well as unnamed teams from the
regional, sectional, supersectional and state tournament matches.
Satisfaction can also be denied by teams with less talent, but only
if the Railers take any of them for granted.
The future begins Thursday night at the
unfriendly confines of Sacred Heart-Griffin. SHG looks to avenge
last year's loss to Lincoln and, more importantly, to place itself
in the driver's seat for the conference championship. Thursday's
match will be one of two keys to the conference championship. The
second key will come at home against Jacksonville on Oct. 12.
Since my past pleas for student fan
support at away matches have gone largely unheeded, I won't ask
again. But what Railer volleyball fan would want to miss this?
SHG will undoubtedly throw everything
they have at the Railers tomorrow night. The Railers will have to
start throwing first and not let up. Every point will have to be
played like it is match point.
Will the Railers get satisfaction? It's
up to them. GO, RAILERS!
* * *
for a collapse at the end of game two, the Lady Railer junior
varsity played well enough to win its ninth match of the season last
night against the Glenwood Titans. The JV, now 9-0, won the first
game of the match 25-21 and was comfortably ahead in game two until
the breakdown came, forcing a three-game match. The game two score
was 27-29. In game three the Railers pulled out early and finished
off the Titans 15-7. Ashley Meyrick, Ashley Bonaparte and Jamie
McFadden had notable performances for the Lady Railers.
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