The Seneca volleyball team took a tough loss at the hands of the Ithaca Bulldogs on Tuesday, Oct. 2, despite a solid victory over another conference team in the Weston Silver Eagles on Tuesday, Sept. 25.
The Indians played some good volleyball against Weston taking them down 25-22, 25-16 and 25-19. Taking charge of the net were Logan Lessard, Morgan Payne and Brianna Brockway. The Indian trio combined 30 kills.
Setting up the netters were Cacey Ostrander and Lizzy Garfoot. Defensive toughness was delivered by Abby Kramer, Shania Sprosty and Taylor Redman.
From behind the line, the Indians missed only two serves. Briana Brockway was 24-24, Taylor Redman 13-13, Abby Kramer 12-12, Nicole Manders 12-13, Morgan Payne 6-6, Cacey Ostrander 4-5 and Logan Lessard 2-2.
“With a fun win like this, you begin to wonder how a team can go totally 360 degrees and lose to the Bulldogs the next week,” Seneca coach Dawn Ray said.
“The Ithaca Bulldogs were pumped and ready to play from point one in game one to point 25 game four,” Ray said. “I believe the Ithaca girls wanted to beat the Indian girls bad. It was something that Ithaca has worked hard for.”
Despite Logan Lessard coming up with 18 kills and Morgan Payne having nine kills, it was the 31 mistakes that the Indians made that gave the Ithaca Bulldogs the conference win. Six missed serves at crucial times contributed to Seneca’s downfall.
“If the Seneca girls could put together the mental game along with their talent, their record would be so different,” Ray noted. “We need more consistent play to win.”
This week, the Indians have two more tough conference games, when they must face North Crawford and DeSoto.
“If we can put it together, it will be good before the tournament trail,” Ray said.
The Indians will host North Crawford tonight, Thursday, Oct. 11 in the last game of the regular season.