By Rob Kiser
SIDNEY — Lehman Catholic volleyball coach Greg Snipes would be the first to admit this has not been a typical season for the Lady Cavaliers.
Currently, Lehman is 9-11 overall and 5-2 in the NWCC — and battling just another injury with Abby Schutt on the sidelines.
“We have had more injuries than we have ever had,” Snipes said. “But, the kids are really working hard.”
And there was nothing untypical about Senior Night.
Lehman celebrated the careers of Lauren Larger, Maddy McFarland, Brogan McIver, Ellie Scott and Hailey Wick with a 25-9, 25-13, 25-12 win over Lima Perry.
“It was a good match,” Snipes said. “All the seniors were able to contribute and we played well.”
It didn’t take long for Lehman to take control.
With Wick serving, Lehman jumped out to a 4-0 lead with an ace, kills by Maddy McFarland and Scott and a block by Olivia Lucia.
A kill by Lucia and ace by Larger made it 6-1 and Wick would have another five-point service run as Lehman cruised to the first set.
This time, she had two aces, to go with kills by Scott and Maddy McFarland and a tip by Lucia.
It was a pattern that would continue all night as Lucia led the balanced attack with eight kills, Maddy McFarland had seven, Scott was credited with five and Lauren McFarland added four. Alexis Snips kept Perry off-balance by dishing out 24 assists.
“For being just a sophomore, Olivia (Lucia) is really playing well,” Snipes said. “When we get her the ball, she is very effective. She leads the team in kills and a lot of other categories. Maddy (McFarland) did a great job tonight. She was nailing the ball down the line.
“Then, they changed up their blocks and she did a great job going crosscourt. Ellie (Scott) and Lauren (McFarland) were both real solid.”
And while there were a few communication issues in the third set, it was to be expected with Lehman playing 13 girls.
“You don’t always get an opportunity to get everybody in,” Snipes said. “We were able to do that tonight. We had 13 kids play and it is always good to get them experience.”
And as Lehman closes the season with matches at Miami East Tuesday and Lima Temple Christian Thursday, Snipes likes what he sees headed to the postseason.
“The kids have been working so hard,” Snipes said. “The last couple weeks, I think we have kind of turned a corner and are really starting to play well.”
And there is nothing untypical about that when it comes to Lehman volleyball.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.