Before the doubleheader against Lake Mead last Thursday, Lincoln County High School volleyball coach Ken Thornock was looking to play good defense and get the ball over the net.
“And force the other team to make mistakes,’’ he said.
Thornock’s group was able to battle a scrappy Lady Eagles team to win both matches.
Lake Mead came into the contests with a 7-13 record overall, while Lincoln stood at 12-10.
Thornock said, “In the past we’ve regularly beat them,” but he expressed some concern for his team lowering their game to the other team’s level.
The first game went back-and-forth. Eventually, Lincoln took the lead, but Lake Mead rallied. Then Kendra Mathews, Kailey Kelley and Brooklyn Hafen took control of the offense. All three girls shared the ball, all getting a decent amount of kills, and Lincoln won 25-21.
Early in the second game the Lady Lynx took the offense to another level and a seven-point lead. But Lake Mead strung together some points to close the gap to 11-9. Lincoln held on to a small lead throughout the game. The game kept close all the way to the end, with Lincoln winning by three.
Thornock said he felt ‘’happy and frustrated’’ at the end of the first match. He added, ‘’I was happy because we won, but frustrated because we could have beat them by more.”
As the second match began, Kailey Kelley sent a message, hammering a brutal kill for the first point of the game. Kelley was on fire on defense and offense. Throughout the match she had multiple blocks and kills. But Lake Mead continued to battle, tying things up at 12-12. However, the Lady Lynx put it all together and raced to 25-15 win.
One of the only times Lake Mead actually had the lead was at the very start of the final game, when they went up by one. Both teams played well defensively, and seemingly the only way to score was to force mistakes. Most of the players were just focused on getting the ball over the net, but the Lady Lynx scrapped to a 25-21 win, making it a clean sweep for the afternoon.
Two days earlier, Lincoln knocked off Adelson 2-0, 2-0 in Las Vegas in fairly easy contests.
The Lady Lynx are now 14-10 overall and 5-1 in league play. Calvary Chapel (15-5, 5-0), The Meadows (14-7, 4-0) and Needles (9-5, 3-0) look like the early teams to beat. A good test comes today as LCHS hosts The Meadows in a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m.
Thornock said the team has spent much of this week focused on defense in preparation for today’s big matches.
Next Friday, the Lady Lynx will be at Laughlin with the first match starting at 5 p.m.