Mistakes cost Vikings against Lake

By Joe Blystone - For the Expositor and Enterprise

After a first set victory, mistakes cost Evergreen dearly as Lake came back to take a 29-31, 25-14, 25-8, 25-22 four set victory over the Vikings Saturday at Evergreen in non-league volleyball.

After falling behind early, Evergreen came back to knot the first set on back-to-back Nicole Johnson aces at 6-6.

Three Evergreen missed serves helped Lake grab a two point lead, but Johnson’s rip from the left side knotted the set at 12.

Again Lake surged ahead but Nicole Johnson’s left-hand punch and Ellie Johnson’s ace gave Evergreen a 16-15 lead.

The Flyers’ 6’1” Cassidey Wiley scored twice from the middle to regain an 18-18 deadlock.

McKenna Babcock pushed the Vikings to set point at 24-22 with consecutive aces but an attack into the net and 6’2” sophomore Ella Vorst’s shot from the middle again pulled Lake even at 24-24.

Taryn DeWese’s solo block gave the Flyers a 26-25 lead but Ellie Johnson’s shot from the right side and a poor Flyer attack pushed the Vikings up 27-26.

Two Viking errors gave Lake an advantage before Nicole Johnson again brought Evergreen back with a left-side cross to make it 28 all.

Yet another Viking serve long gave Lake the lead but the Flyers returned the favor before Babcock’s screamer from the left side and a net violation gave the Vikings the first set.

However, in the second set with the score tied at 4-4, the wheels came off the engine for Evergreen as Wiley went four straight with a variety of shots to give the Flyers a 9-4 lead.

The junior middle had seven kills in all in the second set to lead Lake to a 25-14 win.

In the third set the flyers used a multitude of Evergreen miscues from mishits to miscommunication to more missed serves that accounted for 13 Lake points in a 25-8 rout.

Maddie Smith’s push and two aces from Babcock helped Evergreen grab a 5-1 lead to start the fourth but again Wiley brought the Flyers back with a block and a slam from left of the middle to regain a 6-5 Lake lead.

Sarai Gutierrez’ dunk on a bad pass grabbed the lead back for the Vikings at 7-6 but Wiley’s tip put Lake up 11-10.

Again Babcock nailed back-to-back aces for a 17-16 Evergreen lead but the Vikings couldn’t hold it as Taylor Asman scored to tie the set and Vorst’s ace gave Lake the lead.

Evergreen got within a point four different times, twice on kills from Nicole Johnson, a back row kill on the back line from Babcock, and the last from Ellie Johnson’s second ball strike at 23-22.

However, Vorst struck from the middle and Skyler Foster’s ace put the set away.

The Vikings host Northwood tonight before traveling to Ayersville next Monday.

By Joe Blystone

For the Expositor and Enterprise