WAYNESBURG, Pa.—The Franciscan University of Steubenville volleyball team lost three straight games by close margins to the Waynesburg University Lady Yellow Jackets on Wednesday night, dropping their second straight match by a score of 3-0.
Despite the defeat, all three games of the evening were kept very close, and the Lady Barons held leads in each. In the first game, FUS went up by a score of 7-1 to start, but after a Waynesburg timeout they were outscored by the home team 24-11 en route to a 25-18 first game loss.
The Lady Barons held a lead in the second game as well, but again Waynesburg called a timeout, regrouped, and came back to defeat Franciscan 25-22.
The third and ultimately final game of the match was the most exciting one of the evening as the teams took back and forth leads down to the last point, but the Lady Jackets outlasted the Lady Barons to secure the match victory with a 29-27 final game victory.
"I thought we played our best match of the season," said ninth-year head coach Kelly Herrmann, "but we're still too inconsistent. You have to be consistent throughout entire games, but you also have to be consistent during each point. I thought we got more consistent as the games went on, but there were still some points of confusion and times when people were not quite sure where they were supposed to be and you just can't have that. You have to know where you are going and what your responsibilities are."
Anna Cain and Meg Kay led the Lady Barons in kills throughout the three games with 13 and nine on the evening, respectively. Freshman setter Amy O'Keefe led the team with 18 assists. "[O'Keefe] is doing a great job," said Herrmann. "She's learning and she works really hard." Alyssa Wappes led the team in digs with 11, while Kay notched 10 and O'Keefe had eight.
"They all played well," noted Herrmann, "and they played better as the match went on. The weaknesses on our team were some key errors at the wrong times and little elements of confusion here and there that we just have to clean up. We have a tough schedule and that's the way we want it, but every match we're going to get better."
The Lady Barons are now 1-2 on the season and have yet to play a conference match. They are back in action this Friday and Saturday as they will play four games at Baldwin-Wallace College as part of the Marcia French Memorial Tournament. Their first game is slated for 4pm on Friday afternoon against Oberlin.