By Gene Helfman
Special to the Weekly
Lopez hosted their volleyball nemesis, Providence Classical Christian, and came away with a convincing 3 games to 1 victory on Oct. 17 before a packed and vocal gym crowd. The Lobos’ record now stands at 6 and 1, their only loss this season being to Providence in an away match Oct 9.
Things didn’t begin very well. The Highlanders took the first game 25-21 in the best three-out-of-five contest. The Lobos regrouped and won the next three, 25-19, 25-22 and 25-16. The third game see-sawed back and forth and was tied at 22 before Lopez pulled off three straight points for the victory.
Bree Swanson, Emalie Hobi and Shelby Prewitt took command of the court with over 20 kills. Jana Gruenwald and Anah Kate Drahn assisted with defensive blocking, and Mikayla Johnson swept through points with 3 in-a-row serving aces and about a dozen for the match.
“The first game we were a little sleepy, and the team was out of focus,” said Coach Jeremiah Johnson. “But they seemed to wake up after I asked them if they were here to win or lose? ‘It’s your choice!’ That seemed to do it.”
With their strong showing against Providence, Coach Johnson is optimistic about being in contention for first place in the league and performing well later at districts. Lopez has two remaining home matches against Tulalip (Oct. 24) and Highland Christian (Oct. 27), before moving on to Districts at Mt.Vernon Christian on Nov. 1.