Thursday's league battle in the Central California Athletic Alliance was a must win for the Turlock Christian varsity volleyball team, which was coming in having lost four of their last six games.
Hungry for a league victory, the Eagles of TC hosted the Millennium Falcons for the second time this year and although they took the first and forced a fifth after a mid-game slippage, the Falcons came out on top in a 3-2 win, (23-25, 26-24, 25-17, 22-25 and 15-9).
“I am proud of the girls for not giving up, although they didn't talk as much as I think they should have, they still fought,” said TC head coach Ken Wynne. “Now, we have two games in a row Monday and Tuesday, so we are going to work hard and get ready for next week.”
TC currently has just one senior on the roster of 10, including one freshman and eight juniors.
The progression has been there, said Wynne, and Thursday was another step in the right direction with sporadic sparks that were evident.
The opening set saw a hard-fought match where both teams swayed momentum drastically and there were five ties with the Eagles taking it by two points at 25-23.
In the second set, TC took an early 2-0 lead then again, the battle continued with multiple draws and Millennium pulled away in the end with a 26-24 victory to tie it at 1-1.
Millennium won the second, 25-17, to go up 2-1, then the Eagles battled their way back in the fourth to win it 25-22.
Winning a dramatic set, the Eagles continued their run with a quick 5-0 start in the fifth.
A timeout ensued by Millennium, which proved to be the difference maker for the remainder of the game.
Millennium went on to outscore TC, 15-4, to finish the game with a five-set victory.
“We had a five-point lead and then we got four more points after that and they got 15... this was a tough one tonight,” said Wynne. “We played them before and we lost in five and so this was definitely a winnable game, it was our goal, this was one to win but it just didn't turn out.”
TC's next game will be on the road at Elliot Christian at 6 p.m. Monday.
“The positives are that we just need to keep working at what we are doing and we know where our weak areas are. We passed pretty good tonight, except for the last set where we had our short server and couldn't do much with it, so we had to work on our passing.”