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Volleyball Plays First Home Game Against Dickinson

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Nathan Wilson, Staff Reporter

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The Clear Lake Falcons volleyball team lost Tuesday’s home conference game against Dickinson Gators with a score of 3-0. This gave the Falcons their first conference loss, as well as the first loss to the Gators in seven years. After an extremely close 24-26 first set, Lake lost the following 2nd and 3rd sets, 18-25 and 13-25, respectfully.

Mitzi Matthews, Head Coach for Dickinson, and the Gators got their first district win on Tuesday, as well as broke the Falcons 2-game win streak.

“It feels good to get our first district win,” said Matthews, “It’s going to be one of many for the year.”

Chandra Eager, 13-year Varsity Head Coach for the Falcons, commented on the broken seven year-streak.

“Throughout the district, our district is very competitive, it continues to improve every year,” said Eager. “So there are no guarantees in winning every year. We just do our best to try to put a good team together and try to get some wins for the Falcons.”

Eager said that the loss not due to the pressure of the winning streak, but due to the disorganization of team chemistry due to injuries.

“Well, we’ve been dealing with a lot of injuries this year. So we’ve had key players in and out of the lineup,” said Eager. “Katiya Silvera just returned to the line-up after being out for three weeks.”

Silvera, along with being one of the highest scorers on the team, is the Team Captain of the Varisty Falcons. She had 16 digs vs Dickinson.

“I feel we have pulled together as a team more, we kind of played more individual,” said Sivera. “We kind of got in our heads too much about winning, so we didn’t really focus on the small part of the game, like the fundamentals.”

Middle Blocker Tori Meyer, a Junior, played all three sets and had seven kills. The team average for the game was 2.5.

“Friday, I think we are going to come out harder and everyone needs to be on the same page, and I think we are going to adjust that in practice,” said Meyer.

The Falcons will have two practices between now and their next game.

“I think that we will come together as a team and definitely improve our play Friday night versus Falls,” said Eager.

The Falcons 12-16, will play the Clear Falls Knights 19-10 on Friday, September 16 at Clear Falls High School. Lake will rematch Dickinson on October 7.

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