LLCC Struggles, Going 1-3 in the Lincoln Land Invitational

Kennedy Bauer has an amazing weekend recording 55 total kills, and 90 total assists from Cami Lobb, along with some great key serves throughout the Oct. 15 and 16 Lincoln Land Invitational Volleyball Tournament at Cass Gymnasium.

“That’s just what they do,” Assistant Coach Kaylee Beekman said. “They do what they’re asked, and they excel in what they do simple as that.”

It just wasn’t enough for Lincoln Land this weekend, as they only won one game Friday night and lost the other three games.

They played hard all weekend, but were simply out played.

Lincoln Land lost to Kansas City Kansas Community College in five sets. 20-25, 5-25, 25-23, 25-16, and 11-15. The Loggers played with a lot of heart after falling 0-2, only scoring a combined 25 points in the second set.

In the third set, the loggers jumped out to an early lead, but Kansas City did not back down.

All in all, with big plays from Bauer and Bella Pasquino, the Loggers squeezed by for the win in set 3. Set 4 was a dominant performance by the loggers, but once again key plays down the stretch from Lincoln Land would tie it up 2 games a piece.

In the final set, it looked like nothing was going in the way of the loggers. They would fight back, but it would not be enough and they would fall 11-15.

Bella Powell led the Loggers with 12 kills and added 4 blocks, and Bauer led with 13 kills and added 13 digs. Kylie Schanuel contributed 16 digs, Lobb provided 26 assists, while Emily Veach provided 22 .

After the tough loss, the Loggers turned around and defeated Mott Community College in 4 sets: 25-20, 16-25, 25-19, and 25-23.

Bauer notched 17 kills and 16 digs, and Powell notched 4 blocks and 10 kills. Isabel Hudspeth also had 7 kills and 4 blocks. Lobb and Veach contributed 21 and 20 assists

“Nice bounce back win. The girls played a lot better this game than the first,” said Beekman. “There was a different type of energy in this game. We’ll need to bring that and a lot more tomorrow morning.”

Bauer finished with 30 kills in the two games, which led the team.

“I like they way we played in that game. We were where we needed to be on the defensive end, unlike the first game,” said Bauer. “I feel we showed great improvement from game to game.”

The next day, LLCC  suffered two 3 set sweeps in their two losses in the tournament. Lincoln Land lost to Highland Community College in 4 sets: 27-25, 20-25, 20-25, and 22-25. LLCC came out on fire and looked great in the first set. It was close towards the end of the set, but the Loggers were about to hold on. Straight dominance was shown by Highland after that wining 3 sets in a row to win the game.

“This is not how we wanted to start the day,” said Beekman. “Hopefully things get better in the second game.”

Lobb led with 24 assists, Bauer with 14 kills, Sami Eaker with 5 blocks, and Pasquino with 11 kills. Schanuel also notched 14 digs and 3 aces.

In the next game, LLCC faced the Parkland Cobras. The lady Loggers started out hot with great serving and serve receive, but came out with the loss in 4 sets: 25-19, 20-25, 12-25, and 17-25. The Loggers had it going early, but the Cobras quickly regained control wining the last 3 sets.

Bauer led once again in kills with 11 and 10 digs and Powell with 10 kills and 10 digs. Lobb and Veach 19 and 16 assists. Between the 3rd and 4th sets, the team had a player lead conversation,

“The team didn’t seem focused, and I told them that they needed to talk it out within themselves,” Beekman said.

Coach Beekman replied about what was said: “They came out and played better, but it just wasn’t enough we need to play they way we did to start the 4th set the whole game”