CARSON CITY – Carson City-Crystal’s volleyball team is a good team, if you ask Fulton coach Tracy Beadlescomb.
But Thursday the Eagles were not good enough to beat the Pirates in an Central Michigan Athletic Conference match, losing 25-23, 25-16, 25-22.
Eagle senior Sara Schneider put it succintly.
“Things just didn’t click,” she said. “It just wasn’t our night.”
The Eagles (9-7-5, 1-2) were hot early in the first match, jumping out to a 19-13 lead on Fulton (18-6, 3-0).
“That’s the way we can play,” Schneider said. “We just started talking and getting excited.”
But a 10-1 run by the Pirates put them back ahead to take the game. Afterwards, Eagles players talked about the changes they were going to try to make.
“We talked about evening up and being confident in ourselves,” Schneider said.
The Eagles had the second game tied at 10 before letting a potential win slip away, faltering to a 15-6 Pirates run.
“Just the same thing,” Schneider said. “We had to keep them (Fulton) from runs like that.”
CC-Crystal made it close in the third match but was unable to avoid the shutout.
“I thought we kept them (CC-Crystal) out of a rhythm,” Beadlescomb said. “They’re very good and when they can’t hit and control tempo it helps.”
Emily Ward led the Eagles with eight kills. Schneider and Tomberlee Smith had six digs each. Allison Seals added two blocks and Brittanie Duflo had 16 assists.
Taylor Friesen was the top hitter for the Pirates, getting five kills. Kelsey Stipcak dished out 11 assists and Ashlee Davis had two aces, 15 kills and two blocks.
The Eagles return to play Sept. 22 at Bath.