The Pirates' skid extends to four straight matches which includes nine sets in a row.
For the third straight match, the Pirates dropped a set that went past the conventional 25 points. In this instance, it came in set two against the Roseau Rams as part of a 3-0 (25-11, 27-25, 25-11) loss.
“We did a great job defending Roseau,” Head Coach Ashley Stopa said. “Our blockers got touches and so did our defense. Roseau is a team of smart hitters that never placed the ball in the same spot twice.”
Rachel Hefta (Sr. OH/MB) led the team in kills for the sixth time in eight games with 12. Kylie Solheim (Sr. S) came into the match with 99 assists on the season and quickly achieved number 100 recording 17 assists in the match. Dani Boyle (Jr. L) tallied nine digs on defense.
Despite owning a record of 2-6, the Pirates have won the opening set in half of their matches. The problem presents itself in the following sets. Crookston posts a 1-7 second set record and a 2-6 record in the third set. Crookston has reached the fourth set only three times where they are 1-2.
“I think we need consistency,” Stopa said. “We have proved we can compete. We just need to mentally stick in it the entire match, even when it doesn’t go our way. We did a great job of staying aggressive and working as a team in a very loud gym.”
Roseau jumped out to a 1-0 lead when they took the first set 25-11. The Pirates played a competitive second set, but could not close it out and fell 27-25.
The steady play Stopa asked for appeared and as a result, led to points from the opposition’s mistakes.
“We stayed consistent on our side of the court and made them make the errors,” Stopa said.
Momentum stayed on Roseau’s side after the shootout in the second set and the Rams responded with a 25-11 performance to cap off a 3-0 win.
Of Crookston’s six losses, four have come via sweeps.
The Pirates return home still in search of their first home victory. They will face Park Rapids on Tuesday, September 18 at 7:15 p.m.
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