Lady Bearcat volleyball loses heartbreaker in five

Photo Credit: Darrell James

By Kyle Roberts

Ruston High’s volleyball team lost a heartbreaker in five sets at home to Natchitoches Central by final scores of 25-18, 22-25, 22-25, 25-17, 14-16.

“We knew this was going to be a dog fight going into it,” Ruston head coach Lucie Hunt said after the emotional match. “In my heart of hearts, I knew this was going to be a five-set match. I thought we would have executed some things better. We played way better than we did this weekend, so there are some positives to look at. We swung very well. They are super scrappy, and we knew that coming into it. Some things just fell their way tonight.”

The fifth set of the night saw Ruston take an early 3-0 lead before Natchitoches Central went on a 4-0 run. Later in the set, the Chiefs led 13-8 before Ruston put a run together and tied the match 14-14. The Lady Chiefs would score the final two points of the set for the 16-14 win.

Ruston won the first set after pulling away late for the 25-18 win. The second and third sets saw Natchitoches Central take both 25-22, while Ruston dominated set four to win 25-17.

Senior libero Lorelei Freling had an impressive night with 45 digs.

“Overall, I’m happy with how we played,” Hunt added. “We’ve got to get to the point where we finish.”

Ruston heads south to a weekend tournament in Lutcher and will return home Oct. 4 to continue district play against Pineville.

Quick stats

Hannah Rollins: 14 kills, 2 blocks
Jade Smith: 13 kills, 6 blocks
Hannah Johnson: 14 kills, 15 digs
Harper Cauley: 9 kills, 25 digs
Lorelei Freling: 45 digs
Maggie Ambrose: 32 assists, 15 digs
Allie Richardson: 16 assists


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