It was a tough night for the Beatrice volleyball team against Omaha Gross Thursday night.
The Lady O fell in three sets to the Cougars 27-25, 25-21, 25-20 on "Pink Out" night at the Ozone. The Beatrice team along with most of the home spectators were clad in pink attire to raise awareness for breast cancer.
Beatrice coach Cara Williams said they were frustrated with the loss Thursday night.
"We were disappointed in what we saw tonight because we were starting to have success and saw the potential this team has," Williams said.
The first two sets Thursday night remained close throughout. Beatrice's biggest lead in the first set was 15-11, but Gross rallied to tie the game 17-17.
The game was tied at 19-19, 21-21 and 23-23. A kill by Beatrice's Kacie Heidbrink made it 24-23 and Beatrice was serving for set point. A service error tied the game, but Gross returned the favor with a service error of their own, giving Beatrice set point again.
Omaha Gross would rally for three straight points, though, to claim the first set 27-25.
In the second set, neither team led by more than three points until Gross scores three of the matches last four points of the set to win 25-21.
"We just didn't know how to finish," Williams said of the first two sets. "We had too many of our own errors that were unforced."
The Lady O dug themselves into a hole in the third set and tried to claim out of it late, but the early deficit was too much to overcome. Gross opened an 11-3 lead early and eventually extended that lead to 21-11.
Beatrice scored five straight points to make it 21-15. With the score 22-26, Beatrice scored three straight points to make it 22-19, but Omaha Gross scored three of the next four points to win 25-20.
"We were able to get back into it and show who we really are in that third set, but we need that for the whole game," Williams said. "We are in a little slump, so we have to get back to the drawing board. There is still a lot of volleyball left."
Devyn Burroughs led the offense for the Lady O with 10 kills while Ally Thavenet had eight kills, Kacie Heidbrink had five kills, McKenzie Osborne had four kills, Monica Fujan and Jessica Fujan had two kills each and Mariah Allen had one kill. Osborne had 20 assists.
Burroughs had an ace serve while Haley Sexton had two ace serves.
Defensively, Monica Fujan and Jessica Fujan had four blocks each while Burroughs and Heidbrink had two blocks each. Osborne had one block. Osborne had 18 digs while Sexton had 17 digs and Burroughs had 10 digs.
"We just need to be more mentally tough and more aggressive," Williams said. "We need to get after the ball more and put the ball away when we need to."
Beatrice falls to 12-9 on the season. They had gained momentum when they won eight out of nine games and climbed into the Class B top 10, but have now lost three straight.
Williams said they have to get through this rough stretch and start playing better volleyball again.
"We played together well during that stretch of wins," Williams said. "Everybody did their part and kept moving and we just connected."
Beatrice will be in action again on Tuesday when they travel to Ralston.
Other Thursday scores
Auburn def. JCC, 25-9, 25-19, 25-7 (3-0)
Fairbury def. David City, 25-18, 22-25, 25-22 (2-1)
Fairbury def. Sutton, 25-21, 25-8 (2-0)
Falls City SH def. Southern, 25-15, 25-22, 25-15 (3-0)
HTRS def. Diller-Odell, 26-24, 20-25, 25-17 (2-1)
HTRS def. Pawnee City, 25-5, 25-18 (2-0)
Meridian def. Deshler, 25-17, 25-10 (2-0)
Meridian def. Friend, 25-8, 25-12 (2-0)
Sterling def. Elmwood-Murdock, 25-16, 25-19, 25-14 (3-0)
Syracuse def. Freeman, 25-11, 25-19, 23-25, 25-12 (3-1)