LAMOILLE — There are three things you shouldn't be surprised to see when you attend a volleyball game at the Lions Den: spirited team play, spirited fans and a Lady Lions win.
LaMoille-Ohio's varsity squad kept up their end of the deal with a 25-17, 26-24 win over the visiting Indian Creek Timberwolves Tuesday night.
Fresh off capturing the championship at their own invitational Saturday, the Lady Lions took the floor looking to take control early. The Timberwolves, however, had other ideas, coming up with enough saves to keep the rallies long.
The first set saw both teams trading point for point until the Lady Lions, led by Nya Ranel's 15 points and Lexi Loftus' 15 kills, broke a 17-17 tie with an eight-point run to complete the win at 25-17.
The second set followed much of the same pattern of the previous with Indian Creek not giving in easily, but Cassie Martin's 19 digs kept the ball off the floor for the Lady Lions. Nineteen assists from Maddi Deery also made the difference, many setting up a Loftus kill.
The back and forth scoring continued until the Lady Lions finally closed out the second set 26-24 for the match win.
LaMoille-Ohio coach Hallie Monroe agreed they had to fight for every point in the evening.
"Some nights you have it and some nights you don't," she said. "Saturday we were on fire to close out our Lady Lion Invite. Tonight we were not on fire, a little bit slow, but I think that shows we're a good team.
"You're not going to have everybody on all the time. You hope to, but the reality is you won't always have that, so I think we showed we can still fight and battle. It was an off night for us but we still got the win."
Timberwolves coach Stephanie Crutcher was still proud of her team's effort.
"Volleyball is a game of runs and momentum," she said. "I'm happy that after the first game we came back and fought in the second."
The Lady Lions improved their record to 9-2-1, and will travel to Hinckley-Big Rock next Tuesday.
Indian Creek won the JV contest 12-25, 25-19, 25-15.