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CORTLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – In an epic back-and-forth affair, Lakeview completed a comeback from down two sets to none to win the last three sets and beat Girard 3-2 (25-25, 19-25, 25-17, 25-12, 15-12) to secure the outright Northeast 8 Conference championship.
It was the Indians coming out on fire winning the first two sets 25-23 and 25-19 to put the pressure on the Bulldogs.
But Lakeview responded with a monumental two set run, winning the third 25-17 and then running away with the fourth 25-12.
In the deciding fifth set, it was Girard once again beginning to build momentum back up and a 10-6 lead after a Lakeview timeout.
Molly Stuart and Reagan Price led the way for Lakeview with 22 kills apiece. Mallory Maliach amassed 51 assists and 4 aces in the victory.
Bree Latell piled up 24 kills for Girard, while Nico Cochran added 10 kills. Bailey Walters added 17 digs, 50 assists, and 3 aces.
After that timeout, Lakeview once again mounted a comeback to pull all the way back to take a 13-12 lead once again.
The Bulldogs would complete the comeback in epic fashion to win the fifth set 15-12 and clinched the outright NE8 Conference title.
Girard falls to 15-4 on the season and suffers just their second loss in conference, dropping to 10-2 in NE8 play.
With the win, Lakeview improves to 18-3 and a perfect 12-0 in conference play to secure another conference championship.