Trojans fall to start season

Aug. 20, 2013 @ 06:05 AM

The Chase Lady Trojans (0-1,0-1 SMAC) fell in straight sets (25-23,25-20,25-20) to the visiting Burns Bulldogs to open the prep volleyball season Monday night. It was also the SMAC opener for both teams.

“I think that we played really well for the first game of the season,” said first-year head coach Patti Burgess. “This was the first time we saw any game action and there are some things we need to work on, like our sets. I just hate that our first game was a conference one. It’s tough to have a game you can’t afford to lose your first time out.”

The first set was one of runs as Burns bolted to an early 7-1 lead.  Chase reeled off six straight points to tie the game at 7-7 behind the strong play of Sierra Carpenter and Brittney Lipscomb at the net.

When Carpenter was forced  to rotate to the back, Burns began to pull away at 21-13. Senior Devyn Gowan refused to let her team go quietly as she delivered a run of three straight aces and Carpenter put down numerous kills off the left side to pull the Lady Trojans to 21-19. The home team could only trade points the rest of the way, however falling 25-23.

Game two was also a nip affair as neither side gained more than a two point lead through the first 40 points. As a result, the game was tied 20-20 late. The Lady Bulldogs then netted five straight points to take a 25-20 win and a 2-0 set lead.

Chase fell in an early 3-1 hole in the final game as pair of attack errors sailed out of bounds. That deficit appeared to grow to 7-4 but Burns was whistled for being misaligned and Chase was awarded the point. A middle kill from Lipscomb tied the game at 6-6 and the game was knotted at 15-15 later in the set.

The Lady Trojans took an 18-16 lead on Dakota Reid ace, but could only tally twice more the rest of the way falling 25-20.

The Lady Trojans return to their home court August 26th as they face Draughn.

The Chase JV squad defeated Burns 2-0.