Inconsistent Gryphons fall short to Cherryville

Sep. 18, 2013 @ 11:18 AM

The Thomas Jefferson volleyball team (3-8, 2-5 SPC) began their match with Cherryville with a hard fought 26-24 win but dropped the next three sets to the Ironmen in a 3-1 loss Tuesday (24-26, 25-20, 26-24, 25-20).

“Tonight was a roller coaster ride,” said TJCA head coach Jamie Carver. “We would play awesome one minute and then make lots of mistakes. We beat ourselves tonight.”

Cherryville jumped to a 9-3 lead early in the first set on a Meredith Dinga service and attack error. Alyssa Edwards settled her team down as she powered a kill through a block attempt.

By the time Lauren Wiltsek’s ace found the floor, TJCA pulled to within 11-10. The set remained tight the rest of the way.

Autumn Edwards and Dinga combined on a block to tie the game at 23-23. Autumn Edwards then delivered an ace, but Cherryville tied the game a 24-24, a service error and a Dinga kill gave TJCA a26-24 win

The second set was also tight early. However, after the squads split the first 16 points, the Lady Ironmen  went on a 6-0 run to take a 14-8 lead.

The home team cut that deficit in half, 17-14, before Brianna Kale delivered three straight aces to tie the set but Cherryville slowly pulled away 25-20.

Cherryville carried that momentum into the third set as they grabbed a 10-7 advantage.

A pair of Dinga kills pulled TJCA to within one and a Cherryville attack error tied the set at 12-12.

Cherryville then reeled off seven straight points, The Lady Gryphons refused to go quietly though.  Down 24-17, they roared back with seven straight points to tie the match. Cherryville responded by scoring the final two points to take the 26-24 win

That comeback seemed to zap the energy from the Lady Gryphons as they fell in a 7-3 hole.

Dinga made the tally 7-6 with a power spike and Wiltsek tied the set with an ace at 11-11. Cherryville went on another run, this time 10-1 to grab control of the set, 21-12. From there, they cruised to a 25-20 set win and a 3-1 match victory.

TJCA returns to action next Tuesday as they travel to Lincoln Charter.