Volleyball wins one, loses one

Chelsea Peck
Junior Elizabeth Finerty prepares to serve the ball against Richwoods.

The Dunlap volleyball team lost steam after a first set win Wednesday.

Richwoods beat the Eagles in three sets, 20-25, 25-19, 25-18.

“They were just tired, I think,” Coach Jennifer Bartlett said. “They didn’t focus.”

Dunlap sophomore Jaeden Barlow scored five points at her first turn to serve in the first set, leaving the Eagles winning, 17-11.

Dunlap (17-14, 7-7) made it to 25 after Richwoods’ Lily Voelker’s serve was knocked down.

The second and third sets were back and forth.

Richwoods’ Chelsea Jones-Wyss led the second set with six points.

Dunlap sophomore Erika Barber’s serve hit the net, ending the second set at 25-19.

“We really keyed in on things they were not doing well, but then other things fell — like our serving. We missed five serves in the second game,” Bartlett said. “If our serving would have been on, it would have been different.”

Dunlap’s gas was about empty by the third set, as they lost 25-18.

Bartlett said they were expecting a difficult game Wednesday, especially since it was senior night.

“Coming in, we knew they (Richwoods) would be a tough team,” Bartlett said. “They didn’t focus. It’s senior night, so they were focused on everything going on instead of the game.”

Kedryn Orrison had 15 kills and four blocks.

Thursday night turned the tide for the Eagles, who beat the Pekin Dragons in two sets, 25-13, 25-21.

Orrison and Jamie Nichting each had 12 kills.