Chips swept at home by Sabres

MANISTEE — The Manistee volleyball team lost a sweep to Traverse City Christian, 25-19, 25-20 and 25-22, Tuesday night at Manistee.

Sweep not withstanding, the Chippewas found themselves in position to win each set, but allowed the TCC Sabres to take the lead each time.

“I think it is a little bit of confidence and believing they can actually win it,” said Manistee assistant coach Julie Portillo, who stood in for a sick Lacey Hudson. “It’s that lack of confidence in thinking we can pull through. We get ahead in games and start to fall apart as soon as they get a few points and it shatters our confidence and they just kind of shut down.”

The Chippewas were knotted with the Sabres in the first set, 7-7, before TCC went on a decisive five-point run. It was the only streak of more than three points; the Chippewas lost by six.

There were 11 separate ties in the second set. When the Chippewas did fall behind, the serving of Marissa Peterson pulled them back. The momentum swung the Sabres’ way, however, and they finished the set on an 8-2 run.

The Chippewas’ Audrey Padilla returns the ball during Manistee's loss to Traverse City Christian at home. (Jared Buchholz/News Advocate)

The Chippewas’ Audrey Padilla returns the ball during Manistee’s loss to Traverse City Christian at home. (Jared Buchholz/News Advocate)

“We have these moments where we have it all together. Their confidence is up, they are playing together as a team, they’re communicating and things are going well. Then the other team starts firing back at them and it shatters their confidence,” Portillo said.

After a spirited huddle, Manistee came out firing, and the fans got a glimpse of the team the Chippewas knew they could be. Behind the serving of Brianna Larsen, who shared the team lead with an ace, the Chippewas earned a 7-5 lead. The Sabres tied, but then Emily Rankin, who had the other ace, led a four-point streak to push the advantage to 13-8.

Manistee maintained at least a four-point lead until the Sabres finished the set on a 10-2 run.

“Our serving was better tonight than it has been and our serve receiving was better than it has been,” Portillo said. “So we are improving as the season goes along, which is good. We just have got some more work to do and hopefully we will get it together.”

Emily Thompson led the Chippewas with seven kills. Emilee Kott led with seven assists.

“We are going to get the next one,” Portillo concluded.

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