Volleyball: Lake City shows fight, but falls
LAKE CITY – For four sets on Monday, Lake City showed the kind of fight it has seldom shown all season. All the Tigers needed was to win a set.
Lake City came back from a 24-17 first-set deficit to make it 24-23 before the Bulldogs finally closed the set. Then in Set 2, the Tigers put it at 16-16 before P-E-M pulled away to go up 2-0. The Bulldogs were about to end Lake City’s night, leading 24-22 in the third set before the scrappy Tigers fought back to win the next four points, capped off by a Madi Green kill.
“It was great to see the girls fight back like that; I told the girls that I don’t think we’ve come back after being down by two,” said Lake City head coach Kim Bobb.
The Tigers showed fight, but ultimately the Bulldogs pulled away in a four-set victory, 25-23, 25-19, 24-26, 25-14.
“Those were all winnable games,” Bobb said. “We’re a young team and we’re improving, but we still have a ways to go.”
Keeping Lake City in the fight was the Tigers’ players at the net, led by middle hitter Madi Green’s team-high 10 kills. She also had a hand in knocking down 11 balls. Daynalyn Jostock added four kills while helping deflect 16 swings by P-E-M.
“We needed Madi to be a beast tonight,” Bobb said. “As the season has progressed, she’s gotten better at hitting cut shots.”
Even setter Bailey Cronin got in on the offense, mixing in a healthy dose of tips to mix in with her 17 set assists.
“She does a good job hitting the ball,” Bobb said of Cronin. “At the tournament we played at this weekend (at Wabasha-Kellogg) she started hitting the ball more, and that’s what we need.”
Martha Guevara had a team-best 11 digs for Lake City, and Emma Gnotke finished with 10 digs and three set assists.
While the Tigers fought hard, they had trouble slowing down the Bulldogs’ top hitter, Josie Montgomery. The 6-foot middle hitter torched the Lake City defense, finishing with 18 kills, four ace serves and nine digs. Teammate Hayley Rau added nine kills and eight digs for P-E-M.
On Thursday, Lake City resumes Hiawatha Valley League play Thursday on the road against La Crescent.