SHERIDAN — The repercussions from Sheridan College’s four-loss weekend dragged into a Tuesday matchup with Rocky Mountain College’s junior varsity volleyball team. The woes continued as SC dropped the nonconference weekday match in straight sets.
The Lady Generals fell behind right away in the first set, and they were never able to get anything going anywhere on the court. Rocky Mountain took the match 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-17).
Sheridan found itself in a hole in the first set as morale still appeared the be low from the tough weekend in Rangely, Colorado. The Lady Generals sent hits wide and long; sets were often off the mark, and defenders scambled to fill gaps where Rocky Mountain sent shot after shot.
Multiple times Sheridan was able to mount a small comeback, but the quick rallies were short-lived. Only in the second set did Sheridan have a lead past the 10-point mark.
After trailing 5-1 early in set two, Sheridan eventually cut it to a 9-9 tie. The two sides traded punches for the next several serves and maintained a tie at 13 points apiece.
The Lady Generals won the next point for a 14-13 lead, but Rocky answered with a 5-1 run. The Battlin’ Bears wouldn’t trail again, and a spike into Sheridan blockers went out to give Rocky the 25-20 win.
All night long the Battlin’ Bears responded to Sheridan’s shots with long runs that all but put the sets away.
In the first set, after Sheridan climbed out of an 8-5 hole to tie the match at 8-8 and again at 11-11, Rocky went on a 5-0 run. Maranda Koch sent home a kill to break the run, and the Lady Generals made it a 2-point set at 17-15. But again, Rocky rolled.
The Battlin’ Bears scored 4 straight and finished off the set with an 8-1 run.
The third and final set went the same way.
Sheridan opened the set with arguably its best point of the match. After an extended rally, Mykaila Jensen blocked a Rocky spike to give Sheridan a 1-0 lead. The Lady Generals won four of the first five points for their largest lead of the entire match.
Rocky answered again and tied the match, but Sheridan held strong. At least for a bit. But with the set tied at 7, the mistakes returned for Sheridan, and Rocky ended the match.
The scored quickly soared to 20-12 in favor of Rocky Mountain, and an 18-10 run was capped by a Monique Rodriguez kill to earn the Battlin’ Bears a straight-set victory.
The loss was Sheridan’s fifth in a row after winning three-straight at home earlier this month. The team now sits on a 4-8 record as it heads to Northeastern Junior College for a tournament this weekend.
The Lady Generals will play five matches at the tournament before returning home for a conference match against Region IX powerhouse Laramie County Community College on Sept. 22.