VALLEY CITY, N.D. - Another hard-fought match, and another disheartening outcome.
The Waldorf volleyball team turned in a phenomenal effort, but the late-set points eluded the Warriors for the second straight evening in a 25-20, 25-23, 25-19 setback on the road to host Valley City State in North Star Athletic Association action Saturday afternoon.
"We fought hard with terrific energy but couldn't get a serving run going to compete with Valley City State," Waldorf head coach Bri Ebenhoe said.
"Although we committed fewer errors today, the small mistakes still proved too much," added Ebenhoe, whose team lost a thriller at Mayville State on Friday in a match that saw two sets go beyond regulation.
It looked like that might be the trend again Saturday as a Kaitlyn Monck kill got the Warriors (3-17, 0-6) as close as 14-13 in the opening set, and a tandem block by April Jones and Kyra Platzek had Waldorf within striking distance, down 19-17.
A strong, late push by the Vikings (8-8, 2-3), though, proved decisive in the opener, giving the hosts an early edge.
Waldorf held the edge much of the second set, going up 10-7 early on a Elisabeth Tramm kill, and leading 20-18 on a Platzek kill.
Tied 22-22, the hosts got two late kills that provided just enough breathing room to fend off Waldorf.
Valley City State continued to fend off a determined Warrior squad in the third and final set as a tandem block by Savanna Cordle and Monck trimmed the Viking lead to 5-4 early, a Jones and Monck block cut the difference to 13-8, and a Cordle kill got Waldorf as close as 22-16.
But Waldorf would get no closer, falling in three sets, despite a spirited effort.
Monck led the way with 15 kills, while Platzek hammered down 10 kills for the Warriors. Tramm dished out 29 assists and added nine digs, Kelsey Sederquest and Erica Fee led the defense with 14 and 11 digs, respectively, and Jones added three kills and five blocks for the Warriors.