ROGERS CITY-The Rogers City volleyball team fought hard against a hard hitting Sault Ste. Marie team on Tuesday but wasn't able to catch up, losing at home to the Blue Devils in three games, 18-25, 20-25 and 20-25.
In spite of the loss, Hurons' head coach Jackie Quaine was all smiles on the sidelines.
"I'm so happy we stayed with them," Quaine said. "They have a phenomenal setter who has started for four years and they have excellent defense. They're hard to get anything past."
The Hurons started the first game strong and the first six points of the game were Hurons' points including a three-point scoring streak from freshman Sarah Meredith.
Meredith had six kills on the night.
The Blue Devils answered with two points of their own and began a series of back-and-forth point swaps with the Hurons. After 17 game points, Rogers City was up 11-7.
At this point, the Blue Devils seemed to wake up. They answered back with a four-point scoring streak to tie and three of the points came during serves by Kali Brosco.
A great Rogers City block then brought the game up to 12-11. The Blue Devils started a four-point scoring streak which brought the score up to 12-15. The Hurons never recovered the lead as Sault ended the game with a four-point streak, ending the game at 18-25.
The second game saw the Hurons roar out of the gate again, scoring four of the first six points. A series of off-sides calls and out shots gave the Blue Devils three points to tie the game and more point swaps followed until the Hurons finally scored two straight to bring the game up to 8-6.
A six-point scoring streak for the Blue Devils followed, interrupted by a single point in the middle by the Hurons.
The game once again fell back to back-and-forth scoring, which kept the Blue Devils safely ahead of the Hurons. However, Rogers City rallied to cut Sault's lead to two, 22-20.
Unfortunately for the Hurons, a three-point scoring streak gave the game to the Blue Devils, 20-25.
The Hurons did a good job of stopping Sault's big hitter Megan Jean and Quaine credited Brooklyn Idalski for excellent work on the back row.
"Brooklyn played smart and very aggressively. Her defense was spot on and so were her passes. She helped bring the rest of the team up to a whole new level," Quaine said.
Idalski had seven digs for the night.
The third game found the Hurons committing a lot of errors and penalties. Unlike the previous two games, they never led the match.
After 30 game points, the Hurons were behind the Blue Devils 10-20.
The Hurons rallied for eight points at the end of the game with a couple of scoring stretches. This brought the score up to 18-21.
Sault ended the game shortly after that.
Lindsey Claus led Rogers City offensively and defensively with nine kills and four blocks. Courtney Streich added eight kills. Megan Quaine contributed seven digs and Makayla Thompson had two aces.
Quaine attributed her team's tenacity to the fact that they tried some different defensive strategies against the overwhelmingly strong Sault team.
"We tried a lot of different things out there tonight," Quaine said. "We did a lot of triple blocking that helped get us some points. They started tipping it over their heads which Brooklyn caught on to real quick."
Roger City plays at the St. Louis Invitational on Saturday.