Lone Tree coaches Lora Sieverding and Sonda Prybil are looking for consistent play as the days count down toward the Iowa Class 1A volleyball tournament.
Alyssa Knock, a junior, is delivering for the Lions.
She leads the team with 147 digs and has added 10 kills and 5 assists. She is one of three juniors who have started at least 13 matches this season, providing a building block toward next year when the Lions lose Josie Mullinnix and Skylar Smith to graduation.
“She’s been very strong for us,” Sieverding said of Knock.
Others in Lone Tree’s junior class include kills leader Kylie Patterson, who has started every match this season, assists leader Kayla Dautremont, Ellen Carow and Chloe Mills.
The Lions (5-14) have three matches this week, including Thursday at Columbus. They host Highland next Tuesday night.
Patterson had five kills and Smith had three in last Thursday’s loss at Wapello. Patterson and Smith also had a pair of aces, and Carow had four blocks.
But the Arrows completed a sweep with scores of 25-20, 25-10, 25-15. Lindsy Massner had a match-high 10 kills.
Danville secured its second win of the season with a 25-20, 25-15, 25-17 sweep of the Lions on Monday night.
Danville freshman Aviana West had nine kills and seven aces.