Runde runs wild: Sophomore helps Cardinals surge past LP

Published 10:12 pm Thursday, October 22, 2020

LYLE – LeRoy-Ostrander sophomore Jordan Runde continued to take big steps on the volleyball court as the Cardinals bested Lyle-Pacelli by scores of 25-11, 25-10, 22-25, 25-7 in Lyle Thursday.

Runde put down 16 kills and added 12 digs in the win.

“She’s a powerful hitter and you really want your main power hitters on the outside,” L-O head coach Linsday Milks said. “We worked a lot on her timing yesterday and it really showed today.”

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Runde was able to get above the net often as she attacked with aggression throughout the night. She is starting to establish herself as L-O’s top hitter after playing limited minutes as a freshman.

“I just had to come in and be ready after I played a lot of spring volleyball,” Runde said. “The older girls have helped me out a lot.”

L-O junior Sidney Lewison had six kills and eighth grader Benita Nolt added seven kills. Lewison said that playing next to Runde has served as a positive factor for her game this year.

“It helps a lot because she motivates me to swing harder and work harder,” Lewison said. 

The Athletics (1-4 overall, 1-4 SEC) trailed for the bulk of the first two games, but they came to play in the third game. L-P’s Emma Wilde served back-to-back aces to tie it up at 8-8 and Hailey Ott delivered an ace to give L-P its first lead of the night at 10-9. Freshman Avari Drennan hammered down a big kill to put L-P up 16-13 and added an ace to make it 20-14.

“We can match up with them, we just have to be confident,” L-P head coach Tammy Truckenmiller said. “We practice a lot different than we play. I don’t know if we get nervous, or if we just can’t put it all together for the games.”

Kayden Schulte served two aces in the midst of a six-point serving run that put the Cardinals up 13-5 in the first game.

The Cardinals (2-3 overall, 2-3 SEC) had a breakthrough season last year as they went 8-16 overall. L-O is hoping to put together another solid season.

“We’ve been trying to keep that momentum from last year, but it’s hard with a lot of new players this year,” Schulte said.

LO stats: Jordan Runde, 16 kills, 12 digs; Sam Volkart, 6 kills, 2 blocks; Sidney Lewison 6 kills; Benita Nolt 7 kills; Kylie Welsh 11 digs, 9 aces; Kayden Schulte, 10 digs, 3 aces; Gracie O’Byrne, 9 digs, 4 aces; Anna Welsh 6 aces, 32 set assists