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Lane volleyball climbs higher with win against SWOCC

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Titan setter Morgan Newton spikes the ball past the Southwestern Oregon defense during the fourth set of the Lane vs. Southwestern Oregon matchup on Sept. 29. Newton, a sophomore from Myrtle Point, OR, had 18 assists, 17 total attacks, and nine digs on the night. The Lane Titans won against SWOCC Lakers 3-1 to bring their overall season record up to 13-8.

 

Lane Volleyball boosted its overall record to 13- 8 with a win over Southwestern Oregon Community College on Friday night.

The Titans got off to a quick start in the first set scoring six straight points, triggering the SWOCC head coach to call a timeout. That timeout proved to be crucial as the Lakers were quick to spike the Titans’ early momentum.

Later in the first set, a service ace by Morgan Newton capped a 6-0 run by Lane to give them a 17-11 lead. It was all Lane after that, with the Titans winning the first set 25-15.

Lane seemed to have all the momentum on Friday night, going up by five points early, and the women managed to hang onto that lead for the majority of the set. That is, until SWOCC managed to tie the set at 21. The Titans weren’t going down without a struggle, finishing the set on a kill by sophomore Baylee Kuschel. Kuschel came off the bench to provide the Titans with four kills, and help secure a two set lead over SWOCC.

After a brief intermission, the momentum appeared to shift over to SWOCC, who jumped out to a six point lead, their biggest of the night. Brooke Fischer and Brittany Long led the Lakers with 18 and 13 kills respectively. The duo scored 11 of the 25 points, leading the SWOCC team to win the third set.

The teams were battling for the edge as the fourth set got going. Scoring points in bunches of two or three, the Lakers were trying to stay alive while the Titans were hungry for their second league win. It wasn’t until the Titans made a late three point run that they pulled away from the Lakers, pushing the score to 22-17. Lane ultimately won the set, and the game, on an attack error by SWOCC.

Communication and few service errors are the two things Titans Coach Willett said contributed the most to Friday night’s win at home. Lane only had four service errors, while SWOCC had four times as many, with 16. Lane’s Morgan Newton led the Titans with 18 assists and nine digs. The Titans hope to keep this momentum alive getting deeper and deeper into conference play.

Titan outside hitter Stacia Panther attempts a pass during the Lane vs. Southwestern Oregon matchup on Sept. 29. Panther, a freshman from Salem, OR, made 27 total attacks, with 13 digs and four kills. The Lane Titans won against SWOCC Lakers 3-1 to bring their overall season record up to 13-8.
Titan setter Morgan Newton spikes the ball past the Southwestern Oregon defense during the fourth set of the Lane vs. Southwestern Oregon matchup on Sept. 29. Newton, a sophomore from Myrtle Point, OR, had 18 assists, 17 total attacks, and nine digs on the night. The Lane Titans won against SWOCC Lakers 3-1 to bring their overall season record up to 13-8.
Titan middle blocker Naomi Ricketts (middle) receives a low-five from her teammate setter Morgan Newton before another rally during the second set of the Lane vs. Southwestern Oregon matchup on Sept. 29. Ricketts, a sophomore from Eugene, OR, had 10 total attacks, two kills, and eight points on the night. The Lane Titans won against SWOCC Lakers 3-1 to bring their overall season record up to 13-8.
Titan defensive specialist Kayla Akiona digs the ball for a pass during the second set of the Lane vs. Southwestern Oregon matchup on Sept. 29. Her teammate, outside hitter Baylee Kuschel, would score a kill off of her assist and win the second set for Lane. Akiona, a sophomore from Kaneoke, HI, had a total of 12 digs with two assists and two points. The Lane Titans won against SWOCC Lakers 3-1 to bring their overall season record up to 13-8.
Titan outside hitter Baylee Kuschel spikes the ball past Southwestern Oregon defenders Shaylynn Jenson (6) and Brooke Fischer (11) during the fourth set of the Lane vs. Southwestern Oregon matchup on Sept. 29. Kuschel, a sophomore from Harrisburg, OR, had 10 total attacks, four kills, and four points on the night. The Lane Titans won against SWOCC Lakers 3-1 to bring their overall season record up to 13-8.
Titan defensive specialist Christa Todd digs the ball during the third set of the Lane vs. Southwestern Oregon matchup on Sept. 29. Todd, a freshman from San Jacinto, CA, had total 12 digs with seven attacks and three points. The Lane Titans won against SWOCC Lakers 3-1 to bring their overall season record up to 13-8.
Titan right side hitter Evelyn Montoya spikes the ball against Southwestern Oregon defenders Laura Gross (10) and Brooke Fisher (11) during the first set of the Lane vs. Southwestern Oregon matchup on Sept. 29. The result of the play would be a point that would contribute to a 6-0 lead in the first set. Montoya, a 6’ 00” sophomore from Eugene, OR, had 16 total attacks, six kills and 9.5 points on the night. The Lane Titans won against SWOCC Lakers 3-1 to bring their overall season record up to 13-8.
Titan defensive specialist Christa Todd (middle) jumps for joy as she celebrates winning the point during the first set of the Lane vs. Southwestern Oregon matchup on Sept. 29.
Todd, a freshman from San Jacinto, CA, had 12 digs with seven total attacks and three points. The Lane Titans won against SWOCC Lakers 3-1 to bring their overall season record up to 13-8.
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