“A win is a win.” Those are the lasting comments from Lakeville South Head Coach Jennifer Nelson following her squad’s 3-0 win over South Suburban Conference opponent Prior Lake Tuesday night.
It seems like these kinds of games tend to come up randomly during a season. A team like the Cougars that, on paper, should’ve dominated the Lakers at their home gym, struggled their way to victory.
Game one came and went with some great net play on the part of Prior Lake. Emily Veldman and Jayme Lubansky did their best to frustrate the Cougar’s Monica Turner. However, even when you stop Turner, the Cougars can beat you with Elle Roesner and McKell Anderson. That’s what Lakeville South did all night. The Cougars took the first game 25-17.
Game two was a completely different story. The Cougars came out with a sense of purpose and tenacity. Playing their type of fast-paced but balanced offense. Roesner and Anderson confused the Prior Lake front line, allowing Turner to find open kill lanes. Turner returned the favor throughout the game as well. Prior Lake found themselves overmatched and down 2-0 after game 2 with the Cougars coming out on top 25-11.
However when game three came around, it seemed like neither team really wanted to come out victorious. Lakeville South surrendered leads, as much as six points at times. Prior Lake would come out and tie things up, gaining momentum, only to serve into the net or side out seemingly simple serves. Coach Nelson couldn’t quite understand what was happening.
“Sometimes having a little bit of pressure, it’s good to play with it. Ideally, though, we’ve got to pay a little more attention to detail.”
A win is a win, however, and that’s what the Cougars ended up coming out with. A 25-22 win in game three, giving Lakeville South the 3-0 match victory.
The Cougars improve to 4-1 in conference play this season, winning their seventh in a row overall at 16-1. They will head to Cretin-Durhamm Hall Saturday for a tournament, before returning to conference action next Tuesday at #3 Bloomington Jefferson.
The Lakers drop to 1-4 in conference play and will host Bloomington Kennedy next Tuesday.
A win is a win, sometimes can be construed as coach speak for “something didn’t quite go right tonight”. However, with four games left on the conference schedule, you take wins where you can get them.
By Kyle Zander