Two days after playing arguably their most inspired match of the season, the DBU Lady Patriots lost Saturday afternoon to UT-Permian Basin, 3-1. The loss drops DBU to 6-6 in Heartland Conference play and allows UTPB to climb into a fourth place tie with the Lady Patriots.
“This was a big game for our conference,” said Head Coach Cathy Ray Kokel. “We knew that coming in and I wished we would have played better volleyball.”
The Lady Patriots found themselves in a big hole after losing the first two sets, 25-20 and 25-17. They tried to climb back into the match with a 25-21 win in Game 3 but the Falcons closed things out in Game 4 with a 25-16 score.
Leading the way in the losing effort for the Lady Patriots was Kaylyn Frink with 21 digs. “It was great to have Kaylyn back. She’s a leader for us and it makes us better to have her on the court,” said Kokel. “It almost seemed like our team was just waiting for her to make plays, though, instead of showing some heart and intensity to carry their own part of the load. We needed someone to step up and makes some plays for us today – especially with Kaylyn limited to the back row, like she was. Unfortunately, no one was willing to do that and the score shows it.”
Kristin Secord led the offense with 14 kills while Claire Stephens and Krystal Wunderlich chipped in double digit kills with 11 and 10 respectively. Tyler Bradsher led the passing attach with 48 assists in the losing effort. The Lady Patriots were limited to a .153 Attacking Percentage while UTPB hit at a .240 clip.
The Lady Patriots will return to the court Tuesday night at The Burg Center as they host conference-leading St. Edward’s at 7:00 pm.