Lakeview volleyball continued its historic run on Tuesday with a quick sweep of the competition at a triangular hosted by Nebraska Christian in Central City.
The No. 7 Lady Vikes, who hadn't reached 10-1 in 38 years, are now 12-1 after a win over the host squad 25-18, 25-13 then a victory against Boone Central 25-21, 25-16.
Lakeview has now won nine in a row and suffered just one loss.
Tuesday, as usual, it was a balanced effort with Lilly Rowe totaling 12 kills, Maddi Vogt putting together 10 and Ashley Behlen finishing with nine.
Katee Korte had the individual match-high with seven in the win over Nebraska Christian. Setter Reese Janssen piled up 43 total assists and Becca Valdez led with combined 30 digs.
During the current nine-match win streak, Lakeview has gone a perfect 19-0 in set wins but has also struggled through some slow starts. After five days away from the court, and a focus on that aspect, there was a much more consistent performance to Tuesday's wins.
"This was certainly a step in the right direction. Nebraska Christian, that's a good team. They had one really outstanding hitter and two or three that are solid. We didn't expect that one to be a blowout," coach K.C. Belitz said. "Boone Central is much better than when we saw them earlier in the season.
"I'm not unhappy. We didn't play as clean as we could as, but we were pretty solid offensively."
Belitz highlighted the efficient performances of Korte and Rowe in that regard. Korte was 7 for 14 swinging against Nebraska Christian for a hitting percentage of .429. Rowe was 6 of 17 in that match and at .353. She had the exact, identical numbers against Boone Central.
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"We serve received well, we served well and we probably ran a quicker offense than either of those two teams see on a regular basis. That clearly helped," Belitz said. "We got some opportunity to use the block more because they weren't quite set.
"It was a good tune-up for where we're headed Saturday morning, that's for sure."
Blocking though, remains an area of need. While Lakeview had hands and fingertips on several shots, the Lady Vikes only sent five of those to the floor for points.
"I think the places we can still be significantly better than we are would start with block. We have not been happy with the ratio of blocks to errors," Belitz said. "We're just blocking too straight up. There was definitely some of that again tonight. I think that's a glaring place where we can improve."
Lakeview will attempt to be better on the block and keep the streak alive on Saturday at Aurora in a field that includes Crete, Kearney Catholic, C-1 No. 9 Lincoln Christian, Sidney, York and Class B No. 1 Waverly.
"I think it's the strongest field at Aurora in a while," Belitz said. "Then we've got Scotus Tuesday and the Columbus Classic next weekend.
"In two weeks we're going to know where we're at as we head toward the postseason."
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.