High school roundup With its full lineup in place, C.S. Lewis Academy is hoping to make a charge at the Casco League playoffs
Unable to get over the hump for in its first six games of the Casco League schedule, the C.S. Lewis Academy volleyball team is eyeing a run through the second half of the season now that its full lineup is together.
The Watchmen played the top half of the Casco League to start and now find themselves with some time to find their bearings before facing a difficult stretch to close the season.
That was the case this week, as C.S. Lewis dispatched conference cellar dweller Willamette Valley Christian 25-11, 25-17 on Sept. 24
The Watchmen followed that up by avenging their season-opening loss with a 25-14, 25-10, 25-23 victory over Falls City on Sept. 26. A pair of sweeps over non-league opponents Southwest Christian and Delphian at a double-dual on Saturday.
If were going to peak at the right time, then were in a situation where we have the opportunity to gel, head coach Vince Swagerty said. Part of that is we had injuries.
The biggest piece of the puzzle, in just about every sense, for C.S. Lewis is 6-2 middle blocker Mikaela Raudsepp, who missed the first seven games of the season recovering from a wrist injury and missed most of the 2012 season because of a knee issue.
Having her be on the court so that our full team is out there really makes quite a difference, Swagerty said.
After making a brief appearance as a setter in a loss to Veritas, Raudsepp has quickly transitioned back to her tradition role as a dominant force on both sides of the net. That was quick and smooth in part because of the continued solid play of setter Halah Grobey.
We were really pleased with her athleticism and decision making and what she was able to make happen from a setting standpoint, Swagerty said. Before Mikaela could play, we felt she was out there doing a really nice job.
Swagerty has worked to balance the teams rotation by separating Raudsepp and fellow senior middle blocker Lana Friedrich. He believes the team will finally be able to build some continuity, which hes already seen on the defensive side of the ball with their positioning and passing.
The higher team game is really starting to pick up, Swagerty said.
The Watchmen (4-6 overall, 2-5 Casco League) currently sit in a tie for seventh place with Jewell, whom they will face at home on Oct. 7 after hosting Horizon Christian on Thursday.
By the time we get back to the St. Paul-Perrydale-Veritas part of our schedule, were hoping that were doing all the good things at the right time, get ourselves into the league tournament and see what happens, Swaggerty said.
Veritas 3, Jewell 0 – The Vanguard (5-4) rolled to a 25-8, 25-10, 25-14 road victory on Sept. 24. Brianna Stoppa and Tess Johnson finished with 7 kills apiece. Lydia Hall hit 19 of her 20 serve attempts and recorded four aces.
Girls water polo
Lincoln 16, Newberg 8 – The Tigers fell behind 8-3 by halftime and were not able to close the gap on the Cardinals. Alena Lidey Lam led Newberg with three goals. Victoria Johnson also added two goals and Grace Brockie stopped 19 shots and recorded an assist.
Newberg 10, Lake Oswego 1 – Elizabeth Andrews and Katrina Reichenbach helped fuel the bounce-back effort against the Lakers by scoring a three goals apiece. Tia Lattanzio chipped in with two goals.