CHEYENNE — Geri Wagner had some words for Lauren Lyons before and during Wednesday’s volleyball match with Cheyenne East.
Lyons, a junior at Cheyenne Central, is generally one of the Lady Indians better servers but her approach at the line lately hadn’t been all that strong.
“She’s been struggling a little bit with her serves lately, being a little tentative. She didn’t want to make an error,” Wagner said.
She told Lyons to play loose, play smart and have fun.
So when the game with the Lady Thunderbirds came down to Lyons serving, there was no pressure.
Lyons launched an ace to seal a huge come-from-behind win over the crosstown rival, 22-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-15, 15-9. Lyons’ ace was one of four she recorded for the match.
None were bigger.
“That last one, I just went back and I knew that I had to get this one in and over and it was just a good serve,” Lyons said.
All night long, Lyons and teammate Alye Wagner counted on their jump serves at the line. Both players performed well in that regard. Lyons’ four aces were bested only by Wagner’s seven for the match.
Lyons admits she wanted to utilize the jump serve against the Lady T-Birds because the shot is often difficult for other teams to handle consistently.
She was glad to be able to execute when it mattered most.
“Serving is just kind of the one thing I can do myself, nobody else,” Lyons said.
“It’s kind of the one thing I can contribute to the team and if I mess up it’s on me, nobody else.”