- Staff Reporter
ATLANTA, Georgia – On a night chock-full of errors on both sides of the net, Northwestern State volleyball finished with more than their fair share in a 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-23) loss to Georgia State on Friday night.
The Lady Demons ended the match with 29 attack errors, nine coming on GSU blocks, along with 10 service errors. The Lade Panther were not much better with 25 attack and 11 services errors.
“We were out of character at times, too many times, with errors specifically in longer rallies,” coach Sean Kiracofe said. “That’s something we excel at but didn’t when it mattered tonight.
“GSU’s block was big which made us have to be efficient with what we did offensively in serve receive. There were times we did that and times we didn’t. GSU was also predictable with how they attacked us, and we just didn’t handle that well when we knew what was coming. Some of that was great execution on their part and some of it was we didn’t handle what we knew was coming. The fight was there but it was a little too late tonight to get us into the fifth.”
The Lady Demons took control of the first set early on with a 10-3 run that put them ahead 16-8. During that stretch Hannah Brister picked up a pair of kills and Cayman Sutton had an ace, but the errors of GSU propelled NSU to the lead. Brister closed the set with a kill after GSU made a late push, giving NSU the 1-0 match lead.
A pair of early blocks in the second by Skylar Besch and Kourtney Seaton, along with an ace and a kill from Alexis Warren, put the Lady Demons up 5-2, seemingly maintaining their match control.
A 5-0 run by the Lady Panthers brought them right back and set up the close play that would dominate the rest of the match. Down by two later in the set, a kill from Cayman Sutton and a solo block from Besch tied the second at 21. Three NSU attack errors in the next four points would even the match a one set each.
The third set would see nearly the same ending. After tying the set at 19, four NSU errors down the stretch allowed GSU to move ahead in the match with a 25-20 third set win.
GSU jumped out to a 9-4 lead in the fourth set and maintained their advantage until it was 16-10. The Lady Demons erased the lead in a hurry on kills from Darria Williams and Addison McDermott with an ace from Brister and a solo block from Warren.
The 4-0 run was a big momentum boost for the Lady Demons who tied the must-have set at 20, minutes later. Two big blocks by GSU capped an immediate 3-0 run, that quelled the NSU momentum just enough to allow GSU to take the fourth and the match.
The Lady Demons play their final non-conference match of the season Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. against Brown University, their first-ever meeting with an Ivy League school.
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