PREP VOLLEYBALL: Lakers get back on track with dominant win over NYA

HOWARD LAKE – The Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted volleyball team just needed something to go their way. Coming off back-to-back losses in five sets, the Lakers got back on track in a big way with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-16), 25-6) sweep of Norwood Young America at home Tuesday night.

“I thought we just needed this mentally,” Lakers coach Brooke Orazaem said. “It was good just to have this game to get back into a routine and get a win.”

Like they have all season long, HLWW came out ready to roll as they grabbed the early lead with a 25-20 win in set one. This time, the Lakers kept that momentum rolling as they took it to the Raiders in sets two and three.

“That’s something we’ve been solid with,” Orazem said. “We’re having a good start and then for some reason our momentum kind of goes down. It was good to see we were consistent the entire night.”

The Lakers dug deep in set two. Down 11-8, a 5-0 run fueled by three kills from Lexi Koch gave the Lakers the lead.

“Our energy was up,” Koch said about the run. “We just wanted to get rolling and get going. We just wanted to show them what we could do. We wanted to show them how we can play in Howard Lake.”

HLWW didn’t stop there. The Lakers closed the second set on a 17-5 run to go up 2-0. That momentum carried over into set three where HLWW opened the set on a 7-0 run.

“I think we just focused on what we were supposed to be doing instead of worrying about the other side,” Orazem said. “We just took control of what we can and it went from there.”

A big strength for the Lakers this season has been their balance offensively. With multiple weapons at the net, opposing teams can’t focus on just one player. Gabby Teorey, Lilly Bobrowske, Ellen Bobrowske, and Koch all give HLWW threats at the net.

“Right now, we don’t really have that go-to hitter,” Orazem said. “I think that’s in our favor. We can give it to anybody and blockers aren’t stacked up on one hitter. To be able to use everyone, I think that’s going to be one of our advantages this year.”

HLWW will look to keep their momentum rolling after snapping their two-game skid.

“Our energy was a lot of it,” Koch said. “We really kept it up the whole game. It felt really nice to get out there and get some wins.”

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