The Paper photo by Lori Poteet 
Brittany Barrett had two kills and 10 digs in last night’s game against the Bruins.
The Paper photo by Lori Poteet
Brittany Barrett had two kills and 10 digs in last night’s game against the Bruins.

South battled three matches with Tri-West but couldn’t pull out the wins. The Bruins took three 25-23, 25-16, 25-15.

The Mounties kept rallying but lost the rallies. The first one started when their first set changed course after an 8-0 lead by the Bruins. With an ace from Kaylee VanCleave and a kill from Brittany Barrett, the Mounties were back in the game 11-8. The battle was neck and neck as the Mounties slowly started catching up until it was tied at 19-19. Barrett tipped the ball to the middle hole to pull up 20-19.

Another kill from Macy Wells brought the Mounties to a semi-comfortable 23-21. However, the Tigers were not done.

After some unanswered tips and Tiger kills, the Mounties gave away the first with the Tigers four point streak for the win.

Tri-West lead the entire second game expect for two point ties. The third game was a different story with South leading for about the first third. Bruin’s Lauren Clark took away that lead after a few kills putting them up 15-8.

However, the Mounties had yet another rally pulling up to 15-14 after a kill from Diamond Hutchison. From here, South only scored one more point when Clark slammed six kills getting the last three points for Tri-West.

“We’re gonna get there,” Coach Kristen Charles said after the match. “I believe in them and I need them to start believing in them as much as I do.”

Hutchison had 14 kills and Veda Emerson had 4. Kaiti Chadd dug 20 out of her 23 attempts.

“Tri-West played a good game but when we were in their heads we didn’t capitalize,” Charles said. “In the last two games, I said to my other coaches ‘why does it feel closer than seven points because it felt closer than seven points?’”

She added that a big part of their missed opportunities was not controlling the controllables with nine missed serves and three net calls and said “those points add up at key points in the game.”

“We still are getting better every game every point. We just need to string that together and we will get where we need to be.”

South will be at home again on Thursday against West Lafayette.