Camdenton took on host Springfield Central in the first round of district play Monday night and the Lakers saw their season come to a tough end in a two-set sweep by the Bulldogs.
Camdenton lost the first set 25-23 and lost the second 25-18.
“Obviously it is disappointing in the way it ended, but we are proud of what we accomplished this year,” Camdenton coach Austin Walker said. “We lost six pivotal players this year so we knew we were going to have to mature fast. We lost some tough matches and went three (sets) with a lot of teams. I felt like if we were more experienced, those would not have been three-set losses, but the girls battled day in and day out.”
Camdenton junior Natalie Basham paced the Laker attack once again with seven kills while senior Kylie Meier added five and fellow senior Madison VanderPloeg added four respectively. Meanwhile, senior Abbie Miller put up 13 assists to keep her team fighting on a night where the Lakers recorded just three total aces.
Defensively, Camdenton only had four total blocks on the night and Meier led the charge with nine digs. Basham, VanderPloeg and senior Grace Wormek put up six digs each and Miller recorded four in her final game with the Lakers.
As another season comes and goes, Walker offered gratitude for her seniors and said the journey to next season starts immediately.
“We are thankful for our seniors and their leadership they provided for their younger peers,” the coach noted. “We are already looking forward to next season and we are eager to get to work. Just like last year, we’ve got spots to fill so the work starts now.”