LISBON — There were stretches where the Calamus-Wheatland volleyball team battled point for point with 1A No. 9 Lisbon during Monday’s regional quarterfinal.
But there were not quite enough of them for the Warriors to pull off an upset on the Lions’ home floor.
Behind a tight victory in the second set, sandwiched between more comfortable wins in the first and third sets, Lisbon ended Cal-Wheat’s season with a 25-6, 25-19, 25-11 victory.
Even in the Lions’ large victory in the opening set, things were tight early: the Lions led just 6-5 before erupting for a 19-1 run to end the set.
The Warriors bounced right back, too, bolting to a 6-2 lead in the second set.
Lisbon answered to tie the score at six, but Cal-Wheat went ahead again, building a 14-11 advantage.
The Lions erased that lead as well, but the two teams remained close.
It was 17-16 Lisbon, when the hosts finally created some separation, reeling off three straight points as part of an 8-3 push to end the set.
One of the keys to the Warriors’ success in the second set was their blocking at the net as the bulk of the team’s six blocks came in the game.
Senior Hannah Tack led the way with three blocks — two of them being solo — while fellow senior Lauren Von Muenster had two and Addy Widel one.
With the momentum squarely on their side, the Lions built a 10-3 lead in the third set and then doubled it at 20-6.
Cal-Wheat battled the rest of the way, trading the next 10 points, but the Lions were able to finish off their 35th victory.
Senior Kaylie Wilhelm had a strong all-around match, leading the Warriors with both three kills and seven digs, while also going 5-of-5 on her serves with an ace.
Both Sammie Flagel and Tack had two kills for the Warriors with the former also dishing out a team-high five assists.
Taylor Jacobsen had three assists and matched Alison Boeckmann with three digs.
Flagel and Olivia Ganzer both had four digs, while Ellie Carpenter had two. Tack, meanwhile, served up three aces.