Lincolnveiw freshman Kendall Bollenbacher and senior Carly Wendell go up for a block on Tuesday night. Both had one block in the loss against the New Bremen Cardinals. (DHI Media/ Reid Maus)
Lincolnveiw freshman Kendall Bollenbacher and senior Carly Wendell go up for a block on Tuesday night. Both had one block in the loss against the New Bremen Cardinals. (DHI Media/ Reid Maus)
MIDDLE POINT — Lincolnview volleyball hosted the #2 ranked team in the state Tuesday in the New Bremen Cardinals. The Lancers fell in 3 games, 18-25, 14-25, 17-25.

“They’re number two in the state for a reason,” said Lincolnview head coach JaNahn Evans. “We knew it was going to be a tough night, both mentally and physically. “

The Lancers never had a lead past the tenth point in any of their sets, as the Cardinals dominated much of the match.

In the second set the Cardinals jumped out to a quick 8-14 lead, and after going on a 4-1 run would force Evans to call a timeout.

“They definitely capitalized on our weaknesses,” said Evans. “When you go up against a tough team like that— we just didn’t let go of our mistakes.”

The Lancers had five ball hitting errors and two serving errors, but the big difference was the normally astute Lancers defense had a tough time with New Bremen’s hitting errors.

“I think our defense just got rattled a little bit, both at the net and back row,” said the Lancers head coach. “They had some girls that could hit the ball, from all three positions. My front row defense was just not always prepared, and that shook things up for our offense.”

The Lancers had runs, albeit short, but they weren’t lifeless. In the third set the Lancers went back and forth with the second ranked team in the state all the way to the eight point. Then the Cardinals showed their talent going on an 8-0 run which forced Evans hand and a Lancer timeout was called.

The Lancers would never recover in the set and the game would finish 17-25 Cardinals.

“We were excited and we we knew tonight was going to be tough,” said Evans. “We will work from this and we will grow, and we will get better from this.”

Senior Carly Wendel led the team in kills with five, while sophomore Madison Williams having three herself. Senior Morgan Miller led the team in assists with three, she also led the team with 14 serves and had only one serving error. The Lancers had three team blocks, one each from Wendel, Kendall Bollenbacher and Jordan Decker.

Lincolnview will be back at it on Thursday when they host Spencerville, that match is slated to start at 7.