The loss gives Crookston a 3-2 record at home and a 4-6 record overall.
The Roseau Rams’ spikes were too much and too often for the Crookston Pirates to consistently handle and the Rams left Crookston with a 3-0 win over the Pirates.
The first set did not offer much in favor of the Pirates as Roseau quickly won 25-10.
Crookston began to dig out the spikes in the second set, but struggled to stop rallies.
A block ended a Rams run to make the score 10-4, but a service error gave the ball right back to Roseau.
For the next eight volleys, the Pirates split 4-4 and trailed 18-10. The Crookston points were too few and far between as the Rams took the second set 25-15.
“Roseau is always very good competition,” Head Coach Ashley Stopa said. “They have some great hitters who hit the ball hard and we just had trouble keeping the ball up.”
Crookston played their most competitive volleyball in the third set. A couple of aces by Katelyn Wagner early on gave the Pirates a 6-5 lead.
A 14-5 run in favor of the Rams, put Crookston at a big disadvantage, but the Pirates still battled to the end.
Trailing 22-13, the Pirates earned a point on a perfectly placed spike by Aleece Durbin that arced over everyone’s hands and fell just inbounds. The point came en route to an even 6-6 run to finish the set as the Rams took set three 25-17.
Offensive production was evenly distributed with Durbin leading the kills stats with six. Hailey Seaver and Rachel Hefta tallied five and four kills respectively. Once again, Kylie Solheim led in assists with 12 and Katelyn Wagner totaled three aces. Teagen Carlstrom led the defense with 13 digs. Durbin had seven digs and Wagner notched six.
In the last six games against quality competition, the Pirates dropped five. Crookston has yet to play a five set match and the Pirates are 3-1 when the match goes to at least four sets.
The Pirates will head to another tournament in Barnesville beginning on Saturday, September 30. The tournament kicks off at 9 a.m.