Consistent passing is the key.

When passes are on target, the Lady Blues become a powerful force on the volleyball court.

“Our girls can play, when they play,” assistant coach Trey Kramer said. “But putting it all together has been an issue.”

The Lady Blues put themselves in a position to win against Boyd. They were within at least two points or tied near the end of every set.

However, poor passing resulted in hitting errors which allowed Boyd to sneak past Graham in four sets (24-26, 25-20, 21-25, 22-25).

Graham took an early lead in the first set, 11-8, but Boyd fought back to take control 17-14. The Lady Blues never backed down, eventually taking a 23-21 advantage, but they couldn't close the deal.

Boyd scored on a serving ace to tie the set at 24 and then rattled off two straight points.

A quick start gave Graham a 6-1 lead in the second set. The Lady Blues maintained their distance from Boyd the whole set by consistently getting the passes to the setter. A kill from freshman Izzy Maberry sealed a 25-20 Graham win.

Senior right side Lanna Plaster, who had four kills and a block, said the first loss forced the Lady Blues to pick up their energy and play with more urgency.

“Since we were behind we felt the need that we had to win and we did,” Plaster said. “But I think we need to start off (strong) from point one, that very first game, to the last point of the last game.” 

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