By: Marisa Soto,
It was a battle well fought by the Owens Women Volleyball team as they versed the Lakeland Lakers on Sept. 12th, 2013. In the first set both teams kept the ball in the air with close calls on Owens Express side nearly giving Lakers their first points, but Owens player, #2 Lisa Urbanski, was able to dive onto the court saving a few close calls. Score 3-3 Lakers not giving up taking every strike they can get, but Owens player, #15 Sara Turner-Smith pulled through with a spike to the other side bringing Owens Express to 4-3. With two errors on Lakers side and one error on Owens the team never stopped working together. Both players #9, Tiffani Hobbs, and #6 Stephanie Kipp, gave Owens a four point lead leaving the score 8-4. As time progressed with Lakers first time out Owens takes the lead 12-6. Towards the end of set one team player #8 Dominique Yates won the winning point for Owens Express with final score 24-11.
Heading into set 2 was the struggle of it all. Lisa Urbanski starts Owens off with the first serve with the help of team player Aricka LaVoy # 3 giving Owens their first point. And alongside with LaVoy, Kenzie Kleinhenz #10 also puts another point on the leader board with the score now 2-0. Two errors began on Owens side as well as the Lakers with one the score now resides 3-2. However that did not stop Lakers from getting another point for them tying the score up 3-3. Both Lakers and Owens gave it their all passing the ball to each teammate, getting it over the net, and even diving down for the ball neither of them was willing to give up. Points were made with precise hits to the floor, but the errors kept racking up mostly on the Owens Express team. With a total of seven ties in the game the new score is now 21-21. Team player Ciarra Wirick #1 helped her team out of the struggle turning the score around 22-21. Even though that did not stop Lakers from fighting back the ball once again remained untouched by the floor, but Jasmine Thomas #14 with a soft touch on the ball brought the score up to 23-21. And teammate Jessica Copper with a spike ball on Lakers side score is left off as 24-21. Foul on Lakers left the final score 25-21.
Now in the final end set 3 Lakers again did not give up on their hard work and haste teamwork. Owens was also on their game again with getting the first point on the board. Owens kept a steady pace bring their score higher and higher. Both players Kayla Siefker #12, and Bailey Dangler #7 worked together each scoring a point for the Express team. With the new score 12-4 Lakers were able to gain six points and Dominique Yates, and Bailey Dangler for Owens were also able to score two points. Score now 14-10 both teams came head to head with each serve. Final Score 25-10 Owens is now 3-0. When I interviewed with Lisa Urbanski I asked what her role was on the team and future plans with her career. Her response was, “I play the Libido which is a person who wears a different color jersey and stands on the back row of the game. My major is nursing and I plan on going to UT.”
I then began asking her where there any disadvantages that occurred during the game? “It was a close game during the second set, and we didn’t play the way we should have. Some parts we slacked, we weren’t putting the ball down in the right places, and there were just too many fouls. But we pulled together and were able to win.” The Lakers didn’t give up a fight, and when asked how she felt playing against whether it was challenging or fun she responded. “Oh it was fun. The Lakeland Lakers are a good team and was a lot of fun playing them. But the help of the student section really kept our spirits up.” Indeed Owens Express had their section filled with all male cheerleaders giving the Women’s Volleyball team their fighting spirit. Even coach Sonny Lewis gave the boys credit he states, “That we encourage all the Owens sport teams to come out and cheer for each other. So seeing them here was really great.” We discussed about the play during set 2 of the game and how he felt about it. “We have a good defense it’s just our offense that needs work.”
Both coach Sonny Lewis and Lisa Urbanski agreed that Owens does have a rival team Columbus State Community College. How do we prep our team against rivals? “Lots of practice and every game we play hard.”
Owens Express Volleyball takes their third win and sets off for another Home game Saturday 14th, 2013 against their rivals Columbus State Community College at 12:00pm.