Kickapoo takes care of LHS

Photo courtesy of Nick Mebruer
Lebanon junior Skylyr Leake (25) attempts a spike during a high school volleyball game on Wednesday night at Boswell Audtiorium against the Kickapoo Chiefs. 

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

After a tough loss to Willard on Monday night, the Lebanon volleyball team fell short again against a talented Kickapoo Chiefs volleyball team on Wednesday. Both Willard and Kickapoo are ranked in the top 5 of Missouri Class 4 for volleyball.

Kickapoo won all three games – freshman, junior varsity, varsity – in mostly convincing fashion, winning two out of the three games in two sets.

Lebanon head coach Jenny Collins said she thought her team performed better tonight than against Willard on Monday.

“We definitely performed better than we did against Willard (on Monday),” Collins said. “We played much more as a team and looked like a team who enjoys playing together and working together day in and day out.”

Lebanon (8-5 2-1) opened the varsity match against the Chiefs by keeping it close early, as they trailed 3-4 after a kill by junior Skylyr Leake. But a flurry of Kickapoo points gave them a 21-12 lead before the ‘Jackets were able to surge a little bit of a comeback late in the first set after pulling within four points (23-19). Kickapoo would go on to win the first set, 25-19.

The second set saw Kickapoo jump out in front with an early 10-3 lead and never looked back in a 25-12 win.

Senior Korrie Brinton led Lebanon with eight kills, while Taylor Bowling added 15 assists and Jazzlyn Wells finished the night with 14 digs.

“I was proud of our hitters in performing confidently and not being intimidated by Kickapoo's block,” Collins said. “Taylor Bowling is doing a very nice job of delivering the ball to our hitters and giving them opportunities.  Kickapoo puts up a solid block, but their defenders also made some great plays to keep the ball alive.

“There were some nice rallies between our teams, but in the end Kickapoo would usually come away with the win of those points."

Collins said she knew that playing two state ranked teams in the same week would be tough for her team, but still would like to see her team get better in one area as the season goes on.

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