LYONS — Senior middle hitter Nola Basey is the Lyons volleyball team’s big gun. And the Lions love feeding bullets into their Division-I machine.
Basey fired 17 kills and propelled the Lions to a 25-17, 25-20, 25-22 homecoming win over Dayspring Christian at Lyons High School on Saturday. Since the Lions are expecting to battle Dayspring Christian and Resurrection Christian for a district title, Saturday’s win meant a lot to the University of Denver-bound senior spiker.
“This game really was the preview for districts because they’re going to be competitive,” said Basey, who made just one attacking error. “It’s looking good.”
The Eagles beat the Lions soundly at home last season and again in the district tournament. Lions head coach Jeff Klipstein said his team has a long memory for those types of things and wanted to send a message to their opponents.
Their fourth match in a week, Basey said the Lions had to play a calm, controlled game if they were to send that message and they did.
“Dayspring Christian gave us a real good match last year and we were focusing on this,” Klipstein said. “We had to make sure our legs were ready and our mind was where it needed to be to take care of business. With it being homecoming week, it was a great game.”
Klipstein said the Lions were solid in serve-receive and tightened up the defense, getting the block where it needed to be throughout the match.
Once the ball was in the air, the Lions put together a balanced attack around Basey as the spearhead. Junior outside hitter Maddie Keen finished with six kills, freshman right side Meagan Keen and sophomore setter Sydney Stevelinck, who also had 17 assists and three aces, each had five and senior right side Hayley Theriault added three.
Behind Stevelinck’s offense, the Lions cruised to a win in game one and finished strong to take game two. The Eagles fought back in game three, however, taking a 21-18 lead with a 7-0 run.
But the Lions rebounded to reclaim control and put together a 7-1 run to finish out the match on back-to-back Basey slams. Theriault said game three was all mental.
“As long as our heads are in it, we can do anything we want, really,” Theriault said. “We just had to refocus. Coach called a timeout and got us together. We took care of business after that.”
The Lions started the season 1-3. Saturday’s win moved them above .500 to 7-6 with the toughest part of their 3A/2A Patriot League season in the rear view.
“We played a lot of the bigger schools in the beginning of the season,” Theriault said. “Playing those bigger teams, it’s hard to keep the morale up. Now that we’re playing back down on our level, we shine a little bit more.”
The Lions’ next match will be at conference opponent University (6-5, 2-1) on Tuesday.
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Lyons 3, Dayspring Christian 0
At Lyons HS
Dayspring Christian (9-3, 3-0) 17 20 22
Lyons (7-6, 1-3) 25 25 25
Kills — Lyons: Basey 17, Ma. Keen 6, Me. Keen 5, Stevelinck 5, Theriault 3.
Blocks — Lyons: Ma. Keen, Me. Keen, Christiansen, Theriault.
Assists — Lyons: Stevelinck 17, Boxrud 12.
Aces — Lyons: Stevelinck 3, Theriault, Gibson.
Digs — Lyons: Gibson 11, Ma. Keen 10, Basey 9, Stevelinck 9, Boxrud 5, Theriault 4, Holst 4, Me. Keen.