EASTLAKE—North celebrated its seniors prior to Thursday night’s showdown with visiting South, who spoiled the night by beating the Rangers, 3-0.
The Rebels won the match, 25-18, 25-22, 25-22.
“I think we really played our hearts out and did what coach asked of us, and unfortunately we just came up a bit short,” said North senior defensive specialist Alexis Rowan.
After the Rebels cruised to the first set win, the Rangers went toe-to-toe with their rivals in the next two sets.
“Tonight was such a big game for us with it being a big rivalry,” said North senior middle hitter Allison Schimmels. “I think we overall played better as a team playing against a rival.”
The Rangers were down early in the second set, but fought back to tie it as South then called a timeout. The Rebels regrouped and went on to win the set.
Down 2-0, the Rangers didn’t let up as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third set. North led by as many as six points before the Rebels rallied to win the set and the match.
“I am really proud of how we started the third set,” said North senior outside hitter Katie Alexander. “Coach made it a point that she wanted to see our best game, and I think at the beginning of the third set we really played our best game.”
North travels to Kirtland on Monday while South hosts Berkshire on Wednesday.