Lancers fall to the Mavericks


Danny Tajimaroa

Senior Jakob Karlsson and Junior Emilio Bunnell receive advice from coach Tomkinson during their game against LCC. The lancers fought hard, but lost to the Mavericks 2-3.

Boys volleyball took the number one seed in the league, La Coast Canyon Mavericks, to five. Carlsbad put up a fight. The Lancers lost the first two matches,  won the next two and ended the set in the quick race to 15 .

To lose the first two matches then fight back and win two matches proves the Lancers have the determination to win. The Lancer comeback train sprouts from the great team camaraderie and trust they have with each other.

“I did not think that we would take the game to five; it was a shocker, especially after loosing the first to sets,” sophomore Grant Holve said. “Overall I thought we did really good like we showed our strengths and over compensated for our weaknesses. From this game we have learned that we need to work on serving and passing otherwise we were really good.”

To strengthen their game, the days before they had a tedious week of practices where they participated in specialized drills to exploit the competitions weaknesses. Not only did the Lancers have to battle the Mavericks, but they also had several quarrels with the up-ref, which always changes the momentum and speed of the game.

“To prepare for this game as a team we work really hard on blocking and playing against the coaches during practice,” junior Chandler Matteson said. “To mentally prepare we had team bonding and individual meetings. As for our performance we played as well as expected. We were down and came back, then we barely lost the last game. I feel that we did really well and the crowd support helped a lot.”

The Lancers hard work paid off which is proven through the .409 hitting percentage and 61 digs. Additionally the close scores show the equal match up and tough competition. The boys league record is 3-1, with LCC being the only team that defeated them.

” We played well but we obviously were upset that we could not come out with the win,” senior Taylor Bloomquist said. ” We were close in both loses; we lost by a few points. We came out with our backs against the wall and then gave it our best shot in the third set and won it. Then we got some momentum for the fourth game where we won by a few points. Then as for the last game we came out flat and could not come out on top.”