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Lightning singes Bickleton

BICKLETON - The 2B LaSalle Lightning struck quickly against Bickleton High School's volleyball team last night, winning in three straight games.

Despite the loss, Bickleton volleyball Coach Tom Whitmore said, "Our girls came fired up to play."

Katelynn Clinton gained five points on blocking and provided one kill for the Lady Pirates.

"She and Ilsa (Chapple) made a great team at the net and deflected quite a few hard hits that slowed the ball down, giving us the opportunity to play the ball back," said Whitmore.

He said Johanna Jensen had three aces, beginning the new serving strategies Bickleton's team hopes to use in the weeks to come.

"I really felt LaSalle had to play to win versus us giving them points by unforced errors," Whitmore commented.

LaSalle's Darcy Morford, Nicole Rivard and Tori Gonzalez greatly helped the Lightning in its win over Bickleton. Morford scored nine kills and 13 digs. Rivard added four kills to LaSalle's power and had four passes.

Gonzalez's 10 "good" serves, according to Whitmore, struck the Lady Pirates with more power.

"LaSalle brought in a good team that plays well together," Whitmore commented, adding that he was pleased that the Lady Pirates' varsity team has put together a couple of great efforts recently.

The Lady Pirates fell to LaSalle 25-13, 25-13, 25-15 in the match.

Bickleton's record dropped to 0-3 in league play, 2-4 overall. They will travel to Glenwood/Trout Lake this coming Friday.

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