Losing momentum in the first two sets and falling behind early in the third, the Plainview volleyball team took one on the chin in its home debut on Monday night, falling to Idalou 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-22).
Plainview got started early in the first two sets, building a 13-9 lead in the first and a 19-14 advantage in the second. Each time, Idalou’s pesky defense – mixed in with some miscues by the Lady Bulldogs – gave the visitors a 2-0 lead.
It was Idalou that jumped on top to begin the third set, rattling off seven straight points before Plainview (4-4 on the season) could get on the board. The home team fought back, tying the match 21-all late in the frame. Idalou had the final answer for the sweep.
“We played a little dead tonight, a little flat-footed,” said Plainview head coach Torri Hatch. “Other than that, we’re still working, trying to get it together. They have good chemistry and our defense is doing good, but their hits were a little different, lofting and dropping rather than coming at you. That was a lot of it.”
The two teams appeared evenly matched and played like it for the majority of the night. Plainview had the energy early on. Idalou refused to go away, keeping the Lady Bulldogs uneasy throughout the match.
Photo: Nathan Giese/Planview Herald
Blown leads were also an issue for the Lady Bulldogs. In the first set, Adri Martin came up with one of her three solo blocks on the night to give Plainview an 18-14 lead, only for the home team to stall out the rest of the set. Idalou outscored the hosts 11-2 the rest of the way, including a 6-0 run to take the first set.
A similar situation broke out in the second set. Plainview held a 16-11 lead, then a 19-14 advantage and a 20-15 edge after a kill from Lexie Bennett. The Lady Bulldogs appeared on their way to tie the match. Idalou had other ideas.
The visitors clawed back into the set, using a 7-2 run to make it 21-21. It was tied 23-all before Idalou put down the final two points for the win.
“We had a couple rotations that we just gave it up and let them do it,” Hatch said of Idalou’s comebacks in the first two sets. “A lot of unforced errors in those two.”
Morale was low for the Lady Bulldogs to start the third, allowing Idalou to take a 10-4 lead. That advantage ballooned to 17-9 at the midway point.
“Their energy wasn’t up,” Hatch said of the Bulldogs in the third. “They were just kind of frustrated. Some of that is we have to learn to overcome. It’s a game of momentum, so you have to get that momentum going your way.”
Plainview found their way a bit to get back into it thanks to a trio of aces from Hannah Rodriguez, leading to a 9-1 run to make it 18-all. The Lady Bulldogs continued to fight till the final point, but Idalou held on to its lead.
Bennett finished with eight kills and two aces to lead the way for Plainview. Aspin Miller and Inesha Nash each had five kills. Rodriguez fired in five aces and Haley Curtis three. Emily Sigala tallied 18 digs, Aaliyah Rogers eight and Rodriguez seven.
The junior varsity and freshman teams each won 2-0. The JV won 25-17, 25-23 and the freshmen were victorious 25-22 and 25-20.
Plainview still has quite a few matches set for the rest of the week, including a match against Pampa on Tuesday and competing in the River Road Tournament Friday and Saturday. Coming off the three-day Princeton tournament contributed some to the Lady Bulldogs’ performance on Monday and they’ll have plenty more action before their next home match, which is set for Aug. 27 vs. Caprock.
“We have a few little things to work on,” said Hatch. “Some are not pulling off correctly on defense, so it’s making the others shift down a place. Just kind of getting your feet back under you and moving like that.”
Idalou 25 25 25
Plainview 20 23 22
Hitting: Lexie Bennett 21-32 with eight kills Aspin Miller 17-24 with five kills, Inesha Nash 19-26 with five kills.
Serving: Hannah Rodriguez 14-16 with five aces, Haley Curtis 11-12 with three aces, Bennett 10-10 with two aces.
Setting: Curtis 11 assists, Miller five assists.
Blocks: Adri Martin three solo, Bennett one solo and two assists, Emily Hendon one solo.
Digs: Emily Sigala 18, Aaliyah Rogers eight, Rodriguez seven.