Camdenton, Mo. – The Camdenton Lady Lakers have battled through a number of tough matches this season, but Monday night's match against Helias proved to be another loss for the team, as they fell in two sets to the dominating Lady Crusaders.
The Camdenton squad knew they were up against a very good team, as Helias entered the match with a 25-5 record, compared to the Lady Lakers, who have struggled this season after loss of a talented senior group last year.
After scoring the first point in the first set, Helias was foiled by a Hannah Gehner kill to tie the game at 1-1. Helias then answered with a four-point scoring run to lead 5-1 with two kills by Helias junior Erica Haslag.
From then on, the Lady Lakers were outscored by a margin of 2 to 1, with Helias scoring two or three points for every Helias point as the ball changed hands.
Leading 11-4, the Lady Crusaders went on another scoring run, picking up for more points for a 15-4 lead before Camdenton could answer. After that one point, Camdenton allowed another four-point scoring run to Helias, and trailed 19-5.
Helias' Tory Wiley scored twice with two kills and another kill from Haslag put the Lakers down to 24-7, and a net call ended the game, with a 25-7 score in favor of the Crusaders.
In the second match, the Lady Lakers struggled to score, as Helias, led by senior Anna Murphy, went on a nine-point scoring run before the Lady Lakers could score. This time, the Lady Lakers were able to rally back late in the match, but miscommunications gave Helias the advantage, as the Lady Crusaders went on to win 25-12.
The Lady Lakers' next match is a Tuesday night match against Parkview on the road, before hosting Rolla on Thursday, Oct. 24 for the final regular season game.