2014-10-16 / Sports

Lakers rally for first win

By Mike Spencer
Of The Enterprise staff


MORGAN WESTON, with cast, embraces teammate Christine Lund after Glen Lake’s volleyball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat Northport last Thursday at Glen Lake. MORGAN WESTON, with cast, embraces teammate Christine Lund after Glen Lake’s volleyball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat Northport last Thursday at Glen Lake. The Northport girls volleyball team had momentum last Thursday and a 2-0 lead at Glen Lake. Then the Wildcats watched in dismay as the host Lakers snapped victory from the jaws of defeat.

The Lakers, who had not tasted victory under first-year coach Liz Moeggenberg in 10 previous matches, rallied for a 25-27, 15-25, 25-22, 25-14 and 18-16 win.

“There have been times this season where we have gotten down two games right off the bat and then just gave up,” Moeggenberg said. “But this was different.

“These girls pulled together and made a decision. They didn’t want to be just happy with hanging in there and playing the game, they were hungry.”

“It was really exciting to get our first victory,” said junior Shelby Jones- Stachnik, who had a team-best 24 assists and five aces in the win. “It was really hard pushing through those first two games, but we fought our hardest in the last three.


NORTHPORT’S JOAN Ogemaw puts her hands up for a block on Glen Lake’s Jessica Lee (8). NORTHPORT’S JOAN Ogemaw puts her hands up for a block on Glen Lake’s Jessica Lee (8). “We didn’t want to give up. It was our game and we played like we really wanted it.”

Senior Jessica Lee, who had 12 digs, eight kills and was 11-for-11 on serves, concurred.

“Coach made the point for us to remember why we are here to begin with and what makes us love volleyball and find it within ourselves to pull together and work together as a team, and we did it,” Lee said. “We’ve always had the potential to win, but we struggled mentally when we got behind.

“Now we’ve gotten past that barrier.”


GLEN LAKE’S Jessica Lee (8) puts her hands above the net to try and block a shot by Northport’s Abbie Thon last Thursday. GLEN LAKE’S Jessica Lee (8) puts her hands above the net to try and block a shot by Northport’s Abbie Thon last Thursday. Glen Lake held a 6-1 lead in the first game when the Wildcats struggled on serve receive. But the Wildcats regrouped, caught the Lakers at 12s and then played point-for-point before pulling out the 27-25 first-game win.

Northport shot out to a 6-1 lead in the second game and never lost the edge.

But Glen Lake broke open a tight third game, using a 5-2 run at the end to extend the match and then rolled through the fourth game setting up a decisive 15-point finale.

Glen Lake had a 6-2 edge early, but Northport battled to the end. The Wildcats lost a match point on a mishit. But the Lakers got an ace but lost a game-winning point, too.

Glen Lake finally won on a kill that was wide; however, a delay by the offi- cials delayed momentarily the victory celebration.

“That fifth game was fun to watch,” Moeggenberg admitted. “The girls were getting to balls they haven’t even tried for in previous games — they were diving and leaving their hearts on the floor.

“That’s what I am most proud — their fighting mentality. They left it all on the court and win or lose that fifth game, these girls never gave up.”

Briyana Kibby added 26 digs and eight aces for the Lakers. Briana Shirley had 22 digs and four aces.

Christine Lund had 12 kills and Mallory Lund added 11. Mallory Lund had a team-best four blocks. Christine Lund added three.

The loss was a difficult one for the Wildcats who struggled after the first two games to re-establish momentum.

“After winning the first two games our girls thought they had the momentum, but keeping momentum is what it is all about,” Northport coach Elizabeth Wodek said. “Obviously we lost momentum and then it got in their heads.

“It was a very tough loss, but I think it can be a learning experience.”

Autumn Huck had 24 digs and six kills for Northport. Mariah Kalchik had 17 digs, four blocks and three kills. Morgan Collins had 50 assists. Abbie Thon added 27 digs and eight kills while Joan Ogemaw had 18 digs and five kills. Mahmeet Dhami had 13 digs.

The five-game come-from-behind effort may do wonders for the Lakers, who are in the rebuilding process.

“It is fun to be a part of the program watching these girls improve each time they step on the court whether it’s practice or in games,” Moeggenberg said. “We obviously haven’t had a winning season by looking at our record, but these girls have come a long way in learning how to play together as a team and play with confidence.

“It takes a lot for a team that is struggling to have the mentality to ‘play to win’ rather than to ‘play not to lose.’ We are constantly working on changing the mentality of these girls to take the positive sides of all aspects of the game.”

Moeggenberg said she hopes the win will re-energize the girls.

“It gives them something to fight for,” she added. “They cannot be satisfi ed, but hope that it fuels their fire.”

Lee thinks it will.

“We need to remember the feeling and keep it up,” she said. “In the first game, we weren’t mentally in it.

“We missed a lot of serves, but we definitely picked up our game as the night went on.”

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