A slow start and the loss of one of its starters couldn’t derail Lakeshore High School’s volleyball team Tuesday afternoon.
The Titans lost senior middle blocker Kelli Meynard to injury, yet still swept St. Scholastica Academy 25-18, 25-22, 25-17.
“We tend to start slow,” Lakeshore coach Jennifer Hebert said. “That’s nothing new to us. Thankfully, we don’t break down when that happens to us. We’re able to push back through, catch up and pull ahead.”
Meynard, who was walking on crutches later in the match, was replaced by Julia Dean.
“It was kind of a lot of pressure,” said Dean, who finished with two kills and block. “Kelli’s really good. I just had to come in and step up my game.”
The first set of started out with an early Doves lead and eight ties. Lakeshore (24-4, 3-0 District II-5) held three brief leads before going on a 5-0 scoring run. The Titans then held the lead for the rest of the set.
Despite the Titans leading for most of the second set, St. Scholastica (16-9, 2-1) fought back and went on a couple of brief scoring runs. However, Lakeshore took the lead near the end and never relinquished it.
“All I know, it’s just one game,” said St. Scholastica coach Peter Bertucci Jr. “We got beat today. There’s no sugar coating any of this stuff. We got beat today. They played better than we did and that’s why the score is 3-0.”
With the exception of an early SSA lead, Lakeshore led for the majority of the third set.
For Lakeshore, Brooke Blackshear finished with three kills, and four aces. Raven Daniels finished with five kills. Madison Grapp finished with five kills and six digs. Kacey Freeman had 16 digs. Skylar Pepper finished with 11 digs.
Maddie Morris led the Doves with five kills, three aces and five kills. Alexis Barcia and Jessica Lucio both finished with four kills. Natalie Helm had three blocks and four digs. Emma Estapa finished with 18 assists and six digs.