Last season’s run in the 5A State volleyball tournament wasn’t quite the trip Lake City had envisioned.
The Timberwolves were 23-1 heading into state last year and had high hopes for their first title since 1994. But Lake City was eliminated in the first day, ending that dream.
“Some of the girls most of (this) season played with a chip on their shoulder,” Lake City coach Mike Summers said. “We didn’t really talk about last season … they just kind of wanted to forget about it.”
Lake City got some redemption this year at state, eliminating Madison (29-13) of Rexburg, Idaho, earlier Saturday at Coeur d’Alene High. The Bobcats downed Lake City last year.
The win over Madison put the Timberwolves in the championship match, but Lake City fell short and lost to the returning champions Bonneville Bees 25-23, 23-25, 25-23, 25-14.
“Second place, it still means that we’re the second-best team in the whole state. Something to be proud of,” Summers said.
lost control in the fourth game of the match, falling behind by as many as 15 points.
The Bees (40-4) went on an 11-0 run, beginning with a kill by Makayla Sorensen and ending when LC junior setter Klaire Mitchell attempted to block a shot at the net, but had the ball bounce off her arm and land out of bounds for a 17-4 deficit.
Lake City finally broke the run with a power kill by junior Ashley Kaufman.
The Timberwolves went on a couple of 3-0 runs in the game and narrowed Bonnville’s lead to 10 points, but that was as close as they could get before the Bees sealed the state title.
LC’s Arlaina Stephenson finished with a pair of aces, a team-high 15 kills and six digs. Kaufman followed with 13 kills and Ashley Reyes tallied a team-high 29 digs.
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