Spikers split two games

The up and down season for the Bainbridge volleyball team continues.

After defeating Eastside Catholic in another tough five game set at Lakeside Tuesday by the scores of 25-23, 25-23, 16-25, 22-25 and 18-16, the Spartans lost to Holy Names on the road Thursday three games to one by the scores of 19-25, 22-25, 27-25 and 17-25.

“(Eastside Catholic) played really well but we did not play well,” head coach Julie Miller said. “We eked that one out. So that was the second game in a row where we kept the other team in the game by making a lot of errors and not finishing when we’re supposed to.”

Against Holy Names, the Spartans were without libero Hillary Grant, who sat out due to problems with her kidney.

She went through a bunch of tests to see what the problem was, but Grant, who was born with one kidney, said she’s feeling a lot better.

“Luckily it wasn’t anything too serious,” she said.

“Not having Hillary was tough just because of the talking part of it,” Miller said of Grant. “Then the passing part and digging part as well.

“We started off really slow and couldn’t get into a rhythm until the third game,” she continued.

Miller felt they’re still working on becoming a consistent team.

With Dominique Atherley working her way back from a knee injury and not having Grant in meant Miller had to change her rotation around.

“I think with all that” we struggled, she said. “Holy Names played well. They came out ready to play and I don’t think we were ready to play.

“The way we were playing we were bound to lose sooner or later, because we weren’t finishing when we needed to finish.”

It doesn’t get any easier, as Bainbridge played Seattle Prep yesterday, then take on division leading Bishop Blanchet tomorrow.

Then, the Spartans travel to Monroe for an invitational tournament where they’re placed in a bracket with Kamiak, Central Kitsap and several other top ranked teams in the state.

“We’ll get some good competition and find out what the girls are made of,” Miller said. “We’ll have some time to work on some stuff.”

She hopes the team can come away from this week with a renewed sense of confidence in their abilities.

“They have not played to their potential as a team and as individuals,” Miller said. “That concerns me in the fact that they still haven’t figured out the fact that they have more potential than they’re using.

“You don’t want them to end the season not playing to their potential,” she continued. “I’m hoping things will work out over the next two weeks.”

Grant, a senior co-captain, feels they’re on their way as they recently held a meeting to clear the air and get back on good standing with each other.

“It ended up being pretty productive,” she said. “A lot of people got some stuff out that they wanted to say.

“It feels a lot more cohesive now,” Grant continued. “Your skills don’t matter unless you’re together. Unless you have that sense that you can count on one another, skills mean nothing.”

Against the Crusaders, Kelcey Dunaway had 18 kills, 10 digs, two blocks and three aces.

Grant had 13 digs and three aces while Chelsea Bell had 33 assists, 13 digs and two aces.

Against the Cougars, Dunaway had 14 kills, 12 digs and four blocks.

Emily Donohue had 13 kills, 14 digs, two aces and two blocks while Bell had 34 assists and nine digs.

Becky Gottlieb had 20 digs.

Game time against the Braves is at 6 p.m.

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