They Lake Region State College Lady Royals volleyball team traveled to Norfolk, NE this past weekend for what would prove to be their toughest test of the season.
Day one of the two day event had the Lady Royals squared off against #15 Northeast and a perennially strong Iowa Lakes squad. In their first game against Northeast the #15 team in the nation lived up to its billing. The first set was well fought by LRSC as they battled throughout coming up just short, losing 18-25 to the Hawks. The second set was all Northeast, the Lady Royals struggled to find their groove while Northeast had theirs from the opening serve. The Hawks won the second set handily 25-9. The third set of the match was close with the score 14-12 in favor of the Lady Royals. A quick Hawks timeout to regroup was just what they needed. After the timeout they went on a 13-1 run to close out the set 25-15 and the match 3 sets to 0.
In the second match of the day the Lady Royals struggled to, "find consistency," according to Head Coach Brigitte Greywater. In all three sets LRSC fell behind early to Iowa Lakes and couldn't get out of the hole they dug for themselves. Iowa Lakes won the match 3 sets to 0 winning match 1 25-14, match 2 25-15 and match 3 25-13.
Coach Greywater said about the day, "Today we had moments of wow and moments of what version of us is going to show up. We did not and are not going to give up. We need to find consistency in our play if we are going to compete with the best."
Day two of the event had the Lady Royals matched up against Southeast and #9 Central. Slow starts again plagued LRSC in the first two sets as they struggled to find their groove in the morning game. The final score of the first two sets 25-15 and 25-14 in favor of Southeast. The third set was different, with the Lady Royals showing the not going to give up attitude Coach Greywater has been preaching. Every time the Storm tried to pull away the Lady Royals were there to answer the call. It took a late run by Southeast to close out LRSC 25-19 to win the match 3 sets to 0.
The final game against #9 Central proved to be LRSC's toughest but best played match. The first two sets didn't go the way the Lady Royals wanted it to, with the #9 team taking the first set 25-13 and the second 25-18. The third set was the best played match by the Lady Royals all week. They played consistent the whole way taking a well played set off the #9 team in the nation 25-19. With the match 2 sets to 1 in favor of Central, the Lady Royals headed into the 3rd set with enthusiasm. It was a hard fought match but a late run by Central put the match away 25-12. The final Central 3 sets to 1 over LRSC.
Coach Greywater said, "We keep making gains as a program. We know what we're capable of. We can play when we want to, now we just need to work on being consistent and doing it all the time."
After the weekend Freshman Elizabeth Lucy, from Minot, ND, is currently ranked #1 in the nation in total blocks and block assists. The Lady Royals are back in action Wednesday night in a MonDak matchup versus NDSCS 7pm at Sweetwater. Wear your blue as the theme for the night will be a blue out!