PLYMOUTH — A rough second game doomed an otherwise valiant effort for Plymouth’s Lady Pilgrims as they fell to class 3A No. 6 ranked Mishawaka Marian in three games 25-20, 25-12, 25-22 in the opener of the Plymouth Sectional.
The loss also ends an impressive 11 game season-ending win streak for the Lady Pilgrims, who came out of the locker room as if they might be able to extend it to 12.
Plymouth stunned Marian, quickly running out to a 4-1 lead with three straight service points from Emily Eveland before Marian’s Elizabeth Asdell would end the run and give a preview of things to come. Plymouth would struggle all night with the big front line of Asdell, Jordan Bueter and Alyssa Hasler.
“When they set the ball, they set it in the middle and it’s really hard to have to defend the middle so often,” said Plymouth Coach Doug West. “Their two setters do a nice job in their system and in that system they have three hitters all the time.”
“Our front line is very big and they’re young,” said Dan Anderson, Marian Coach. “They were consistent today and for us to win, they have to be that way all the time.”
Behind key hits from Amber Redinger in the Plymouth middle, Andria Shook outside and some hard swings by Marissa German, the Lady Pilgrims made a run in game one before falling.
In game two, Marian seemed to take Plymouth out of its comfort zone. Plymouth had a little success with Haley Harrell setting Redinger and Carly Baker in the middle, but couldn’t match the Marian attack.
“We were losing ball control off serve receive,” said West of the tough second game. “We weren’t able to get the ball in to our setter. We needed to pick those up. We needed more consistency in our serve receive and attack.”
Plymouth found a spark in game three and after a timeout at 20-16, ran off four of five points to force a Marian timeout at 21-20. The Lady Knights had too much size and strength in the end and were finally able to take the deciding game by a 25-22 final.
Mikayla German led the Lady Pilgrims in digs with 13 followed by sister Marissa with 8. Eveland was perfect on serve with an ace as was Shook. Redinger led in blocks with three and kills with 11, with Shook adding seven kills. Harrell had 24 assists.
“It’s going to be very hard to replace this class of seniors,” said West. “We had five excellent leaders and hard workers that all played a variety of positions. That will be tough.”
Plymouth ends the season 19-13. Marian plays No. 9-ranked New Prairie Saturday morning.
• MISHAWAKA MARIAN 3, PLYMOUTH 0 (25-20, 25-12, 25-22)
At Plymouth Sectional
Kills: Amber Redinger 11, Andria Shook 7
Aces: Shook 1, Emily Eveland 1
Assists: Haley Harrell 24
Digs: Mikayla German 13, Marissa German 8, Shook 6, Harrell 6, Eveland 6
Blocks: Redinger 3, Hunter Stevens 2
Record: Plymouth 19-13 (final)