The Cape volleyball team got back on the winning track Sept. 24, as they earned a 25-12, 25-14 and 25-23 win over visiting Lake Forest.
Emily Lamb and Jocelyn Leach teamed to slam 11 aces in the match. Setter Abby Derrickson assisted on seven points and got five digs. Angelica Kusen, Katie Knarr and Rileigh Wilson put down four kills each. Bre Kusen had five blocks.
“I think we finally found our focus for the season,” Wilson said. “We got it together and really pushed for the win and worked as a team.”
Vikings senior Simran Patel, in her first game back from an injury, picked up two kills and a block in the match.
“It feels good to be back on the court with my team,” said Patel. “I went out there hoping for the best, and I was pleased. This game is a good picker-upper match for us. We were down for most of the third set, but we were able to bring ourselves back up and not give up on the ball. So looking forward, that’s a good mind-set for us.”
“We served extremely efficiently in the first and second sets,” said head coach Tyler Coupe. “It’s something we have not been doing, but something we’ve been emphasizing in practice. It’s great to see it kind of happening live in our match where it’s kind of validation as coaches where we constantly tell you this is what you need to do to succeed. When we do it, we do have success. It wasn’t one or two, it was the whole team. All 14 girls were really focused and locked in, and they were there for each other. In set three, I expected us to be pushed, and that’s what Lake did. I purposely didn’t call timeouts and gave our girls the opportunity to prove they could handle that pressure and come back, and that’s what they did.”
The Viking junior varsity team moved to 2-4 on the season with a 25-9, 25-10 victory over the JV Spartans.
The Lady Vikings were set to travel to Sussex Tech Thursday, Sept. 26, to take on the Ravens.