The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch volleyball team is now 3-3 on the season after a 3-0 loss to the Bradford Lady Owls Thursday night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
The Lady Owls took the first game 25-21. They won the second game 25-11 and took the third game 25-12 to win the match in three straight.
The first game was the closest of the night and saw both teams battle back and forth, with neither yielding much of an advantage. With St. Marys leading 18-16, Sami Hanes' serve went into the net to make the team's advantage 18-17. Bradford then had a kill, St. Marys hit the ball out of bounds, and the Lady Dutch saw the ball hit the ground to put the Lady Owls up 20-18. Bradford was unable to get the ball over the net on the next volley to make the score 20-19; however, the Lady Owls took the next two points for a 22-19 lead. They were unable to get the ball over the net during the next volley to make it 22-20, but the squad had a kill and saw the ball hit out of bounds by St. Marys to go up 24-20. St. Marys was able to take the next point to make it 24-21. The Lady Dutch were unable to rally as Lauren Dalessandro's serve went out of bounds to give Bradford the 25-21 victory.
Game two saw the Lady Owls take a commanding 18-6 lead. The Lady Dutch were able to close the gap to 23-11 before the Lady Owls went on to win 25-11.
The third game started off close as the Lady Owls held a 5-4 advantage before earning 11 unanswered points to go up 16-4. St. Marys took the next two points to make it 16-6; however, Bradford then went on a 5-point run to extend their lead to 21-6. St. Marys was able to cut the Lady Owls' advantage to 24-12, but the ball went out of bounds on Chelsie Gaton's serve to give Bradford the 25-12 victory.
"Our first game, we played at our level. They moved and they hustled and we had some great, spectacular plays. But then in those last two games we just couldn't not seem to get a handle on it. We just couldn't seem to get a handle on communication and covering our zone. It's something that we'll definitely be working on in practice," said St. Marys coach Erica Vogt.
"Overall, we're getting balls over the net rather than to the setter or we're not making the appropriate pass and not talking and communicating. Things just kind of fall apart and hopefully we can recover that by the end of the season so we can do something with that," Vogt added.
Sami Hanes and Abbey Cribbs each had four kills, while Chelsea Gregori had 14 digs.
St. Marys will host DuBois Area next Tuesday. Junior varsity begins at 6 p.m., with varsity to follow.