Big Rapids volleyball falls to Tri County in 5-set thriller

Big Rapids players celebrate after scoring a point during Tuesday’s volleyball match. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden

BIG RAPIDS — Tuesday’s volleyball game between Big Rapids and Tri County featured a battle to the bitter end.

The contest went five sets and saw the home team Cardinals fall to the Vikings 3-2 (22-25, 25-15, 20-25, 25-20. 13-15).

Stats were not available at press time.

“It was probably the best volleyball we’ve played all year,” head coach Chelsea Nelson said. “Both on defense and on offense.”

The Cardinals responded to every Tri County rally with a rally of their own. Down 14-13 in the fifth, a Big Rapids attack error gave the Vikings the victory.

“Our focus lately has been on the offensive aspect,” Nelson said. “We’ve also been working on finishing. Overall, I’m with the way we played. I wish we would’ve won but I feel like we’ve taken a couple steps forward during this match.”

Senior Mackaela Klever and sophomore Megan Mackall rallied the troops and helped put the Cardinals in a position to win down the stretch.

“It was really fun, we played the hardest we’ve ever played today,” Klever said. “It was a matter of some errors that we need to fix. We’ll be seeing them.

“Mikayla did a great job with defense and getting the team going on offense,” Nelson said. “She’s our go-to girl for intensity. Megan did a great job of that, as well. Those two brought a lot of energy to the court. Eden Mason did a great job at the net with blocks and taking care of the ball on offense.”

Big Rapids will host a tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday at the high school. The Cardinals aim to learn from Tuesday’s loss and use it as a building block going forward.

“I hope that we look at how well we’ve played,” Nelson said. “We’ve been letting other teams determine how we play lately. We didn’t do that today, which was great to see.”

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