Alexis Smith looks to set up Bracie Barnes in a 2-0 loss against Mahomet Seymour at Mahomet-Seymour.
By BLAKE FAITH
The Mt. Zion volleyball team won its conference match against Mattoon and picked up a win in a BCC Saints Fall Classic. McKenna Crawford made the all-tournament team at the tournament.
Against Mahomet-Seymour, the Braves lost the first set 25-13. The Braves led early when Bracie Barnes made a kill and the Bulldogs failed to return the ball to give the Braves a 2-1 lead. The Bulldogs went on a nine-point run to take control of the first set.
In the second set, the Braves struck first when Isabelle Holmes made a kill to give the Braves a 1-0 lead. The Bulldogs scored five straight points to take a 5-1 lead.
The Braves got within two points twice. The Bulldogs made a failed serve and Denver Anderson made a kill to narrow the Bulldogs’ lead to 5-3.
The Braves came within two points minutes late. Down 8-4, the Braves received points from a failed serve and a four-hit fault from the Bulldogs to make it 8-6.The Bulldogs went on a 17-5 run to win the set 25-11 and the match 2-0.
“I thought that at the end, which is fresh in my mind, we just crumbled and we started making errors,” Head coach Traci Dyer-Townsend said. “I thought offensively for how big their block is and how fast they run their offense. Looking at our stars we hit well up until the last 10 serves. So that I’m proud of. We just need to probably revisit some serves and our defense. We were not ready to go on our toes. We were falling flat footed when we could have probably stayed on our feet.”
The Braves improve to 13-14. The Braves will face Lincoln and Taylorville this week.
“We’re going to work on our defense and lots of server suits,” Coach Dyer-Townsend said. So, just making sure we’ve got kind of our offense running, which is our goal and now I think that’s just what I told him there. You know, we’ve been working on our attack a lot. Now we’ve got to revisit and kind of scaffold back and go back to our past.”