Parkview had the home advantage in Monday night’s game against the Reeds Spring, but that did not dampen the Lady Wolves' spirits. After Parkview won the first set by two points, Reeds Spring came back strong.
Losing the initial set only heightened the Wolves’ drive. With a supportive crowd that traveled to cheer the girls on, Reeds Spring made an impressive response against Parkview. The Vikings gave a solid fight, but it was not enough to keep up with the Wolves.
By the third set, the lady Wolves started with a five point lead. The Vikings evened the score, only to be dominated by a whopping ten point serving streak by junior outside hitter, Danielle Curnes. The Wolves ultimately won the final set with a commanding score of 25-11.
“Sometimes we struggle with some unforced errors, but the third game we really looked solid in pretty much all areas,” said coach Beck Lipasek, who is now in her seventh year coaching the lady Wolves.
Sydney Vernon, a senior right side hitter for Reeds Spring, stepped up offensively against the Vikings, almost always making a point every time she swung. This effort was critical in Reeds Spring’s win, and inevitably allowed the Wolves to win with a powerful lead.
“(We) have been relying heavily offensively on Danielle Curnes and Amy Taylor, so we were looking for the third or fourth cog to balance our offense, which is what we wanted to see - especially in the latter stages of the game,” Lipasek said, commenting on Sydney’s performance in Monday night’s game.
This was Reeds Spring’s ninth victory of the season. They have been on the road constantly this year with only two home games under their belt. However, the lady Wolves will be enjoying the comfort of their home court on Tuesday night in a match against the Marshfield Blue Jays.
All in all, Reeds Spring had a victorious night at Parkview, with the Junior Varsity also winning against the lady Vikings in two sets (27-25, 25-23). The Wolves will also be traveling to Neosho this weekend for their second tournament of the season.
Parkview will be traveling to Waynesville on the fourth. They will travel again this weekend to play in the Stockton Varsity Tournament.
Parkview 1, Reeds Spring 2
(25-23, 20-25, 11-25)
Kill Leaders – Daniella Curnes (9) and Amy Taylor (7)
Assist Leaders – Hannah Gertson (30)
Dig Leaders – Kyleigh Lipasek (23)