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Lakeview goes to 3-0 with sweep of Girard

GIRARD — The Lakeview Bulldogs are off to a fast start this season.

Lakeview improved its record to 3-0 with a straight set victory at Girard on Tuesday.

“We’re really playing our volleyball,” Lakeview coach Heather Guthrie said. “We’re focusing on one play at a time, limiting our errors and first-ball contact.”

Although it was a straight-set defeat, Girard (4-2, 1-2) played well. They gave Lakeview everything they could handle in the first and third sets.

“Lakeview is always a great opponent,” Girard coach Phil Walters said. “They always have a strong program. They forced us to do things we don’t normally do. They have a good coach, and they play solid, clean volleyball. We need to get rid of unforced errors.”

The Indians got on the board first in set one and were tied 6-6 before some unforced errors from Girard helped Lakeview gain the advantage.

Teagan Pierce and Maddie Bayus nearly collided head on when they both gave the extra effort, diving to the floor, as Lakeview won the first set 25-21.

Sophomore Tara Lytle (10 service points, 4 aces, 6 kills, 3 blocks) pounded the ball over the net to begin set two for the Bulldogs. After another tight start, Lakeview took the lead, 14-8, behind some solid serving from sophomore Brooke Schnider (13 digs). Senior captain Anna Peterson helped Lakeview pull away and win the second set 25-13.

“We have senior night on Thursday,” Guthrie said. “It’s weird that it’s so early in the season. Our seniors (Peterson and Mara Crish) are great. They are vocal leaders. They lead through their play. They treat all the girls with respect. They are very nice girls. They are determined to win. When it’s not going our way, they will step up in whatever way they can to get things turned around.”

Girard looked poised to extend the match as they turned a 2-0 lead into a 10-4 advantage, in the third, thanks to a big spike from Lauren Pallone (12 kills, 5 service points, 1 block). Seyhan Dede’s hustle, along with Sophie Griffith (8 assists, 2 aces), Allison Durkin (10 assists, 9 digs), and Jocelin Teter (4 kills, 1 block) helped the Indians maintain control.

Bree Latell’s (8 digs, 4 kills) left-handed blast made the score 17-12 Girard before Lakeview regrouped in a third set battle royal.

After some long vollies, which included Durkin diving to the sideline for the ball and sliding into a chair, the score was tied at 19.

Superb play from Lakeview sophomore Maggie Pavlansky (10 assists) helped seal the victory for the Bulldogs. Lakeview closed out the match with a 25-20 third set triumph.

“We’re working on being consistent because we’re so young,” Guthrie said. “We are going through some growing pains, but we’re learning from our growing pains. We’re not getting discouraged by our mistakes. We are learning from them.”

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