Indian Lake, having already dropped two volleyball matches this year to CBC and backyard rival Benjamin Logan, was hoping that the third time would be the charm Tuesday as it faced the top-seeded Raiders in the Div. II sectional tournament at Tecumseh High School.
It was not to be, however, as the Raiders took the match in five sets with a 25-20, 25-16, 23-25, 19-25, and 15-9 victory over the pesky Lakers.
The Raiders posted solid wins in the first two sets, winning 25-20 and 25-16.
(Above left: Benjamin Logan's Ciarra Wirick attempts to get a spike past Indian Lake defenders Mikaela Oyer (27) and Brooke Defibaugh (26) during Tuesday sectional volleyball tournament game. Photo submitted by Rick Stover)
The Lakers bounced back in the third, inspired by a call where the referees apparently forgot how to count to four and awarded a replay. This got the Laker crowd and team fired up, an emotional wave they rode to a 25-23 win in the set.
The inspiration in the fourth game came mostly in the form of the sparkling play of Laker senior Mikaela Oyer, who had several kills and blocks in the set to pace the Lakers to a 25-19 win.
But Benjamin Logan's Kylee Smith took over in the fifth as she served eight straight winners - including two aces - to spot the Raiders to a 8-0 lead. Roaming the net was Raider Taylor Quay, who with two blocks and two vicious spikes, helped keep the Lakers at bay, never letting them get closer than five.
In the two earlier meetings, Benjamin Logan won the first meeting in three sets and the second in five.
For Indian Lake, Brooke Defibaugh led the offense with 11 kills and 5 aces, Claire Maier delivered 11 digs, and Mikaela Oyer added 6 blocks.
The Lakers finish the season 13-11.
For Benjamin Logan, Jen Poling had 9 kills, 28 digs, and 16 points, Quay recorded 12 kills and 3 blocks, Smith tallied 19 points and 9 kills, Ciarra Wirick blasted 10 kills, and Alex Thompson added 10 points and 4 solo blocks.
Listen to Benjamin Logan head coach Alli Reule recap the win and look ahead to the sectional final.
Top-seeded Benjamin Logan (22-2) will now face #3 seed Urbana, which polished off Bellefontaine in three sets - 25-15, 25-22, and 25-23 - in the second game Tuesday.
For Bellefontaine, Jessica Kinchen had 11 kills and 10 digs, Kameren Haley pounded 12 kills, Shelbi Kauffman tallied 12 digs, Kenzie Brunswick delivered 5 kills and 9 digs, and Jaelyn Jester had 18 assists.
Jester and Carley Strzalka were perfect serving.
The Chiefs went 15-9 this fall.
Game time is for the Raider/Hillclimber match-up is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. Thursday at Tecumseh High School.