Lancers hold off Kamehameha in tough match


Delaney Benson

Senior, Jack Duffy, sets it to junior, Jack Goedken, for a hit against Kamehameha, a team from Hawaii. The Lancers dominated the team throughout the game, the score coming to 3-1.

Kyle Kluis, Staff Writer

The boys volleyball team took home the win in a back and forth home match against the Kamehameha Warriors out of Pukalani, Hawaii in four sets.

For the Lancers, it was by no means a squeaky clean game as several unforced errors possibly cost them a clean sweep of the warriors but eventually got the job done by simply overpowering the Hawaiian visitor in four sets sets.

“I thought we played pretty well but we could improve on being more consistent and finishing the game at important times,” Holve said.

Carlsbad started the game a little flat falling into a 0-4 hole to Kamehameha but the Lancers rallied back with the help of a few thunderous kills by Holve and fellow senior outside hitter Braeden Waumans who led a 7-0 run with accurate serves resulting in a fairly easy first set win. Waumans led the way for the Lancers in the second set as well with Holve winning the set with a cheeky floater over the outstretched hands of two warrior defenders.

“We are starting to pass much better and are able to run our middles because of that,” Waumans said

Problems arose for the home Lancers when they gave away a 20-15 lead only to regain a 24-23 lead along with a chance to take the match. Kamehameha rallied winning three straight points to take the third set in spectacular comeback fashion. Holve credited Kamehameha’s Hawaiian style of play and fight.

“Playing Hawaiian teams is really tough because it’s a completely different type of volleyball and they try to slow the game down and play at their own pace to get back into it,” Holve said.

However with the help of a couple of momentum swinging kills by junior middle blocker Jack Goedken, the Lancers took a close fourth and final set, sealing the match with a final scoreline of: 25-19, 25-20, 24-26, 25-21.

“It was really cool to be able to contribute like that in a win this early in my varsity career and I’m excited for what the rest of the season holds,” Goedken said.

With the win from Tuesday’s game and another win on Wednesday, the Lancers currently stand at 5-3 with their next game against St. Augustine in the La Jolla Tournament.

“We’re hungry and looking for a CIF championship,” said Waumans. “We don’t want anything less.”