Excitement from the sporting community at LBCC builds as volleyball is conquering their way as playoffs approach.
On Oct. 4, Lane Community College was in town looking for an upset. LBCC was continuing to conquer through the South division of the conference. The first set was close with LBCC winning 25-20, The Lane Titans looked like their record of 14-8 (3-3) in the conference by pushing LBCC until the end.
In the end, however, LBCC prevailed, winning in three straight sets. LBCC now stands undefeated in the conference at 7-0, and 22-4 overall.
“Tonight’s victory came with us having good ball control from our passers getting it up so our receivers finished while also playing clean,” said captain and defensive specialist Sara Fanger.
The second set LBCC started out strong leading 15-5 at one point, but Lane never gave up trimmed it to 15-12 before Linn Benton called timeout and started to take control scoring the next 5 to go up 20-12. Lane called a timeout coming back tie it up at 20-20 Linn Benton finished going five to one run finishing the second set 25-21.
The third set was back and forth with each team going runs of five points a piece until a timeout by LBCC when they were leading 18-13. LBCC finished off Lane with a 7-5 run winning the match and set 25-18.
“We learned tonight that we have to do better at transitioning off a point scored off a block,” said freshman defensive specialist Kya Knuth.
Freshman middle blocker Grace Phillips scored the most with 11 points, and lead the team in kills Sara Fanger had 24 digs along with Kya Knuth who had 12 digs.
Last week, Phillips earned the distinction of being named NWAC player of the week. She credited her teammates with her success so far this season.
“Being player of the week is a great honor, but my teammates really help me by setting me up with their assists so I can finish,” said Phillips.
The next home game for LBCC is going to Pink Night on Friday, Oct. 13, against Chemeketa Community College. The final home game is Oct. 25 against Mt. Hood.
Story By Josh Knight
Photo By Julia Hazleton