Midway through the second set Tuesday, La Salle-Peru senior Kamryn Olson leapt up and tipped the ball over the net for a point.
As soon as the ball hit the floor, the match was stopped.
It was announced that Olson had reached 1,000 career kills and she was presented a commemorative volleyball as her teammates leapt and cheered.
Olson accepted the ball with a big smile, but quickly flipped the ball to her mother, Lynette, in the stands.
She then blocked a kill attempt, recorded another tip and slammed down a thunderous kill to help the Lady Cavaliers to a 25-20, 25-17 victory over Morris in an Interstate Eight Conference match in La Salle.
“It honestly feels awesome,” Olson said. “I’ve never accomplished anything like this.”
Olson needed four kills entering the night to reach the milestone. She finished with seven.
The Central Michigan University recruit, who surpassed 1,000 career digs last season and is nearing 1,000 career points, also had 12 points, 10 digs, a pair of aces and a block.
“It’s quite an honor to get 1,000 kills in a career,” L-P coach Mark Haberkorn said. “It’s a tremendous milestone for her. She’s been a four-year left front hitter for us. She came in when it was the right place, right time for her to step in and be a varsity player (as a freshman). Each year she has increased her kill total. Not many players get 1,000 kills.
“She’s a hard worker. She’s been a tremendous player for our program.”
Morris scored the first two points of the match and the teams went back and forth before service runs by Kenzie DeFosse and Abby Peruba.
“I was happy with the way the team played,” Haberkorn said. “I thought we started a little tentative. We weren’t very aggressive, then Abby Peruba came in and got seven points for us. That kind of changed our attitude. We really got aggressive and started to play like L-P.”
The Lady Cavs led by as many as 10 points in the first set. The Lady Redskins pulled within four at 24-20 before DeFosse put down a kill to end the set.
Olson served L-P to a 4-0 lead to start the second set and the Lady Cavs led the whole way.
“Habs has been emphasizing serving,” Olson said. “I think our serving has really come from those drills we have been doing.”
The Lady Cavs improved to 9-0 overall and 3-0 in the conference and has yet to lose a set this season.
Still, Olson sees room for improvement.
“I think we could have played a little bit better,” Olson said. “We’re still working on some things. We’re a little timid, I think. We have potential to be something great, but I feel like we’re not tapping into it just yet.
“I think we need to gain some confidence out there.”
Paige Champlin finished with 13 assists and eight points for L-P, Anna Quesse had four kills and three blocks and DeFosse finished with six points, four kills and three digs.
n Note: The L-P sophomore team lost 25-16, 25-20, while the L-P freshman red team lost 27-29, 25-23, 15-9.
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