Lakers lose to Sabres in non-league match

Bear Lake’s Kaitlynn Omar (right) sends the ball over the net during the Lakers 4-set non-conference volleyball loss to Traverse City Christian Tuesday night. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

Bear Lake’s Kaitlynn Omar (right) sends the ball over the net during the Lakers 4-set non-conference volleyball loss to Traverse City Christian Tuesday night. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

BEAR LAKE — Bear Lake volleyball started fast on Tuesday night, but the Lakers weren’t able to close the deal in a four-set loss to Traverse City Christian.

The Lakers were able to win the first set 25-18, but failed to keep the momentum going in the final three, with losses of 22-25, 19-25 and 25-27.

“I think they’re finally realizing that they have the skills,” Bear Lake coach Renee Mallison said. “We have to have to continuity that we can build from one block to the next.”

Bear Lake started fast in the first set with with a five-point serving streak from Abby Cross to go up 7-2. Kaitlynn Omar’s play at the net helped the team stay ahead. She finished with 12 kills and 17 points, and had the winning kill during that set.

Despite starting fast, the Lakers couldn’t come out in the second set the same way. when the Sabres jumped out to a early 6-0 lead. Down 18-10 late in the set Alexis Juarez helped the team battle back into the set with an eight-point serving streak. Through the streak she had four aces to tie it at 18. TCC was able to regroup at the service line and win the set 25-22.

“We cannot dig holes where we fall six points behind. In that set that we were down six and we came back, if we hadn’t had that hole to start with, it would have been a different game,” Mallison said. “We have to be conscious about going after each point.”

The third set was close again with the Lakers leading midway through at 13-9, but a couple of long serving streaks by the Sabres and some self-inflicted errors let the set get away.

Staying with the pattern of the night, the final set was close again with Bear Lake having a chance to win late after a kill from Omar put the team up 25-24. TCC was able to hold a Laker rally off again, and won on an ace that snuck in near the back line to finish the night.

“When they communicate and talk about what’s going on, on the floor, they cover the floor well.” Mallison said. “It’s the end of the season and we’re just going to keep doing that.”

Abby Cross led the team with 12 points and 3 aces, Juarez had 19 points, 9 digs, 4 kills and 7 aces, Olivia Hejl had 5 points and 12 assists, Emily Belinsky had 12 digs, Julie Schmidt had 9 digs and Alyssa Eisenlohr had 7 digs.

“We had some great digs in the back. Kaitlynn Omar with those hits, those were beautiful,” Mallison said.

“We had some great digs from Emily (Belinsky), Alexis (Juarez) and Gabi (Pargeon). The ball just dropped on the wrong side a couple of times.”

Bear Lake will be back in action on Thursday at Frankfort.

Bear Lake’s junior varsity team lost its first match of the season to the Sabres, 20-25, 25-9 and 13-15.

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Posted by Brian Fogg

Brian is the sports writer for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3110 or bfogg@pioneergroup.com.

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