The Marion volleyball team split two league matches at Remington Tuesday.
The Warriors began the night with a two-set victory over Ell-Saline, 25-17, 25-12.
“As a team, it’s hard to play two teams that are at different levels,” coach Brea Campbell said. “We started off with Ell-Saline, and we got the win. It took us a little while to wake up a little bit and get going, but we finally did it and we pulled it off.”
Marion then suffered a three-set defeat to the host Broncos in a battle that came down to the wire.
The Warriors won Set 1, 25-21, but Remington claimed Sets 2 and 3 by identical, 27-25 scores.
Campbell said the Warriors have a tendency to fall behind early, making it difficult to recover. Marion battled back from a Set 1 deficit to win, but could not do the same in Set 2.
“(We) fought to the very end, and we ended up winning the first (set),” she said. “The second one, once again, we got down and we had to climb out.”
Despite starting with the lead in Set 3, Marion could not pull off the win down the stretch.
“We started out with a big lead, and then we let them climb out of (the pit),” she said. “Then they stayed with us the whole time.”
Campbell said her team’s energy was lacking during the match.
“For some reason, we didn’t have as much (energy) as we usually play with,” she said. “Even though those were really fun games, we’ve got to have it the entire time, not just when it gets interesting.”
However, Campbell also saw positive takeaways that will help the team moving forward.
“We did see a lot of good things,” she said. “We saw a lot of good hits and great blocks and a lot of good pickups that we’ve been making all season. As long as we can keep those there, we’ll be fine.”
Coming—Marion (4-3, 17-8) was scheduled to play Sterling and Moundridge at Ell-Saline Tuesday and will host a quad Oct. 10.