Despite a first-set triumph, the Marion Giants could not keep up their momentum on Wednesday night, dropping the final three sets in a four-set loss to Muncie Central (25-20, 17-25, 13-25, 18-25).
Everything went according to plan for Marion in the first set. The offense was effective, their defense was locked in, and their confidence was high.
“Tonight, we came out really, really strong,” Marion Head Coach Larry Hinshaw said. “Everything just clicked well. They played well together. They played hard. They were aggressive. Everything flowed really, really well.”
But they could not sustain that level of play throughout the rest of the match. The Bearcats made some changes, and the Giants were unable to make the necessary adjustments.
“We got a huge lead, and I think that huge lead, overall, hurt us the most,” Hinshaw said. “We got comfortable. We lost some of our fight. The little things started creeping their way back in, and it started to unravel really quickly.”
Ra’Shaya Kyle finished with 10 kills, while Kirsten Lockwood came away with eight. Lucia Persinger dished out 20 assists, while Aylivia Mellon led the defensive effort with 23 digs.