Former four-year La Salle-Peru volleyball player and current Plano coach Lisa Grandgeorge brought her Lady Reapers into A.J. Sellett Gymnasium to face her old school.
The welcome the hosts gave her wasn’t exactly warm but somewhat expected as L-P rolled to a 25-5, 25-15 victory in an Interstate Eight Conference match.
“It’s awesome to come back here,” Grandgeorge said. “I told the kids as a player I never lost a match on this floor and as a coach I’m 0-2. It’ definitely hard when they know the caliber of team they are playing. I mean, L-P has a name and a target on their back for how good they are and the program that they have here is phenomenal. I give them credit, they came here and wanted to compete and wanted the challenge. They got to see what that next level is and playing teams like this make you better.”
The hitting barrage led by Emma Happ, Anna Quesse, Aubrey Garretson, Arika Richardson and Kamryn Olson helped the Lady Cavaliers live up to their reputation.
“We played with a lot of energy and this team likes to have fun,” L-P coach Mark Haberkorn said. “They enjoy the competition and they enjoy the band. They enjoy having fun. We hit well tonight and we had some great passes. We have the ability to put a ball down. It’s a team that works hard and has fun and that’s what it should be. Our setters did a good job controlling the game. Kamaryn Olson is going to Central Michigan to play D1 and Paige (Champlin) is a two-year starter, so both have a lot of experience and give our hitters the ball in good places.”
The game began with the Lady Cavaliers earning a quick sideout on an Olson kill before she toed the service stripe and reeled off six points with help from kills by Happ, Richardson, and Quesse before Happ floated over a winner and Olson ended the run with an ace to put LP up 7-0.
The teams exchanged points before Plano got a kill from Anna Gonzalez and the Reapers scored consecutive points, but Quesse hammered a drive down the line to regain serve for the Cavaliers.
Champlin knew exactly what to do with it and served L-P to a five-point run featuring a tomahawk spike from Olson.
Plano’s Morgan Kee stopped the run with a spike of her own.
L-P regained the serve with the score 15-5.
Hope Skoog fired an ace to get things going. Jacey Mertel came in to serve up 21-5 and closed out the set with the help of a pair of blocks from Garretson and another from Olson.
The second set was a lot of the same, but not in the early going as Plano brought its best and hung with the Lady Cavs early.
The teams exchanged sideouts early with Happ earning a kill and Kenzie DeFosse serving an ace for L-P and Plano answering with a kill from Grace Stevens and an ace from Alyssa Smith.
A kill from the Reapers’ Corrine Davis tied the game at 5-5 before the Lady Cavs pulled away on another Champlin service run with Olson controlling the net with a pair of kills and a block and a rocket spike from Richardson that extended L-P’s lead to 14-5.
Abby Peruba served the final two points for L-P with Olson hammering home the final point.
“We like to keep it fun and light heated all the time in the small games and the big ones that are coming up,” Happ said. “We never know what is going to happen when we play so we try to have fun and enjoy what we’re doing and each other.
“Our setters are awesome. We have Kamryn who is going D1 and I am getting to work with her and that’s exciting. She is a really smart setter and she helps me step up and play the way I can. Our front line is very good offensively and tonight Arika and Quesse really came out and hit it really well.”