Julie Chellevold can fool you. She's 5-7 and looks as if she should be shaking pompons instead of spiking volleyballs. But she does the latter well.
"She's the girl we go to," said Thousand Oaks Coach Ron Beick, whose team improved to 10-4 overall and 7-3 in the Marmonte League after beating Newbury Park, 15-13, 15-5, 16-14, on Tuesday night. "When she's on, we always play well. If she's off, it can kill us."
And Chellevold was on, leading Thousand Oaks with 15 kills.
"She simply played great tonight," Beick said.
So did the rest of the Lancers. They combined an array of aces, a dominant net game and clutch hitting to stay a game behind Westlake, whom they play Thursday.
"Now, we finally have a shot at first place," Beick said. "Tonight we played real smooth and with confidence."
Newbury Park dropped to 8-5, 5-4 in league, but still has a chance to make the playoffs.
"I sensed a real mental fatigue . . . even before we played," said Newbury Park Coach Joe Wortmann. "I think the problem tonight is they were not disciplined out there.