LA MONTE — The Lincoln Lady Cardinals volleyball team took advantage of its size at the net to overcome a scrappy defensive effort by the La Monte Lady Vikings on the way to a 25-19, 25-18 win on Thursday night.
Lincoln (6-7, 2-2) had a balanced attack at the net, led by Danielle Johnson, Alex Cooke, Chandra Schaffer and Morgan Renno. Even with the Lady Vikings scrambling in an attempt to dig every ball, the Cardinals had too much strength up front.
“I’ve got four or five kids that when they’re on, they can hit the ball pretty well,” said Lincoln coach John Crull. “Fortunately we have at least two of them, one on each rotation, that we can go to and they’ll put a good swing on the ball. Tonight Danielle Johnson did a pretty good job and so did Alex Cooke. They both had a pretty good game hitting the ball.”
La Monte coach Lindsey Moon knew her team would have to have a solid defensive effort to counter the Lady Cardinals.
“That’s our biggest thing that we work on,” said Moon about her team’s defense. “We work on serve receive and digging every day at practice.”
The Lady Cardinals grabbed an early lead in the first game, but La Monte (4-12, 0-4) surged back. Sara Bell used an aggressive serve to help the Lady Vikings push in front 15-13.
Lincoln recovered, went back to forcing the action at the net, and rode eight straight serving points by Shyanne Swearngin to record the win in game one.
Johnson got the Cardinals rolling in the second game, serving Lincoln to an 8-0 lead before La Monte began to chip away at the lead again.
“We’ve really been concentrating on trying to get the serve as an attack weapon in practice, and tonight it showed up,” said Crull.
The Lady Vikings picked up their play, but still trailed 18-10 before freshman Katie Rodriguez stepped to the serving line. Rodriguez sprayed her serve around the court, tallied three aces, and cut the lead to 18-16 before a Schaffer kill ended the run.
Once again, Lincoln went back to its strength as Cooke recorded three kills down the stretch as the Lady Cardinals finished off the win against the smaller La Monte squad.
“We’re short. We don’t have big girls in La Monte and that’s who we’ve been going up against mostly. Everybody in our conference has big girls,” said Moon.
Briana Davis led La Monte with seven digs for the Lady Vikings, Bell had four assists, and Kelsey Cox and Kendra Rieckhoff each recorded a pair of kills.