The Lady Blues won their first set of the season, but it wasn't enough as they fell in four to Old High (21-25, 19-25, 25-21, 20-25).
“I told the girls, you're getting right to the peak and then you won't jump off to finish it,” coach Marci Faulk said. “We're getting right next to the finish and we're panicking."
Old High grabbed the first set and built a 9-4 lead in the second before the Lady Blues came storming back. Graham cut the lead to three, but Old High maintained its distance to win 25-19.
The Lady Blues jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the third set, but hitting errors allowed Old High to stay close. Graham never gave up, stealing the match 25-21.
Neither team could take control early in the fourth match.
Old High took advantage of service and hitting errors by Graham to eventually take a 16-12 lead. The Lady Blues stayed within four points for the remainder of the match, but couldn't get any closer.
Even though the Lady Blues lost, their performance looked vastly difference from their season-opener against Peaster. Over the weekend, Faulk implemented a new rotation and the girls responded with their best volleyball of the season.
“I feel like we were communicating more,” sophomore setter Marleigh Sanders said. “We were just fighting as a team.”
Read the full story in this weekend's Graham Leader. Video highlights will be up Wednesday.