LOUISVILLE – The Louisville volleyball team helped one of the largest crowds of the season leave Louisville’s gym with satisfied smiles Thursday night.
The Lions defeated Raymond Central 25-23, 25-15, 25-14 in front of a packed house. The evening included several major activities on the LHS court. The program honored all parents and guardians during a Parents Night celebration, and coaches and players saluted seniors Olivia Zahn and Avery Heard during the festivities. Eighty youth cheerleaders also took part in a cheer camp with high school students at the match.
The Lions and Mustangs played a close duel in game one. The teams were tied seven times in the opening stretch, and they were deadlocked as late as 16-16. Louisville pulled ahead with a three-point run capped by Faye Jacobsen’s kill. A kill from Jade Biesterfeld down the sideline made it 24-22, and a net violation two points later gave the Lions the victory.
Louisville (16-14) began to assert control of the match in game two. LHS won six straight points to go ahead 8-4, and another scoring spree increased the gap to 18-11. Jacobsen then closed out the stanza with kills on three of the final four points.
Raymond Central (12-14) tried to extend the match with an energetic effort early in game three. The Mustangs rallied from a three-point deficit to knot things at 10-10, and Grace Mueller’s kill kept the team within 15-13.
The Lions fed off applause from the large crowd to short-circuit Raymond Central’s momentum. Jacobsen blasted kills on consecutive points to make it 18-13, and an ace by McKenzie Norris gave the team a 21-14 lead. The Lions then claimed the final four points on a kill by Cassidy Niemoth, ace block and kill by Jacobsen and a Raymond Central hitting error.
Louisville used electric serving to fuel a large portion of its offense. Heard finished 18-of-18 at the line with one ace, Niemoth went 11-of-11 with three aces and Jacobsen posted a 9-of-9 effort with three aces. Skyler Pollock produced a 13-of-13 performance with one ace, and McKenzie Norris went 14-of-15 with one ace.
Jacobsen generated 15 kills and eight digs and finished the night with a .324 hitting percentage. Heard contributed seven kills, 22 digs and one assist and Niemoth posted seven kills and 17 digs. Zahn chipped in 29 assists, six digs and one kill.
Biesterfeld produced two kills, Norris made six digs and Pollock collected four digs. Maddy Nolte helped the Lions with one dig.
Louisville will resume its season Monday, Oct. 29, in the Subdistrict C1-3 Tournament at Platteview High School. The second-seeded Lions will play third-seeded Ashland-Greenwood at 6:15 p.m. The winner will advance to the championship match at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30.
Palmyra 3, Louisville 0
Palmyra stopped the Lions 25-16, 25-22, 25-15 in a match held in Louisville Tuesday night.
Jacobsen and Heard each had 11 kills for Louisville and Biesterfeld and Niemoth connected on three kills apiece. Zahn and Nolte each made one kill.
Niemoth went 10-of-10 serving with one ace and made eight digs, and Pollock finished 14-of-15 serving and had three digs. Zahn produced 26 assists, seven digs and one ace and Heard had ten digs and one assist. Norris and Jacobsen each registered three digs for the Lions.