The last few weeks have been monumental for LCVB. We began the conference competitions with two difficult away-matches against Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran. After losing both matches, we pushed through a tough week of practice and moved into our next weekend, hungry for a win. Beating George Fox in a five-match-long battle and Pacific University in four seemed to be the boost that LC needed to push us forward in the conference. Unfortunately, the weekend after, we fell to Linfield and Willamette.
Determined to make a change, LCVB worked hard at practice to prepare for our final, home-game match-ups in round one of conference, against Whitworth and Whitman. Whitworth was ranked number one in conference with an undefeated record of 7-0, and we had nothing to lose. The team came together in a way that we have not done before, flowing together and communicating to create a single, cohesive unit on the court. Not only did we play with our hearts, but we left everything on the floor: dominating Whitworth in a 3-0 win and ruining their undefeated record. The next night, we did it all again against Whitman, winning 3-1.
LCVB has found its spark. We ended the first round of conference with a bang and were ready to start round two the following week. Throughout the week we continued our steady growth on the court during practice, and we entered the weekend ready to shake up conference. We faced Puget Sound in our first home-game of round two, and just like the weekend before, we were ready to pursue a victory. We defeated #19 in the nation, Puget Sound, in three sets! Finally in our most recent match on Saturday against Pacific Lutheran, LCVB fought hard. We left everything on the court and came out on top in a 3-2 victory against the Lutes. This is the first win that LCVB has had over PLU since 2005, and it felt great.
It is safe to say that LCVB has really stepped up and set a new standard for its level of competition in conference. Next weekend, we will face George Fox and Pacific University on the road.