In spite of a good start, the Lady Barons lost 3-1 against the Waynesburg University Yellow Jackets Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The Lady Barons started the first set by quickly closing a point gap and bringing the score to 9-7. The Yellow Jackets conceded several points to the Lady Barons due to impenetrable kills from freshman right side Brynn Jacobson and senior outside hitter Renee Antonelli.
Despite the Lady Barons’ endeavors to present a formidable offense, the Yellow Jackets won the first set 25-22.
The Yellow Jackets led the second set 3-0, but the Lady Barons stole their thunder with the help of miscalculated serves from the Yellow Jackets and unrivaled net defense from freshman middle hitter Lucy Pridemore.
The ball was up in the air for most of this set as both teams tried their hardest to win volleys. The referee made a final overhit call on the Lady Barons, which was game point for the Yellow Jackets. The final score for that set was 25-18.
With the third set being decisive, both teams were under considerable pressure to win this particular set.
A competitive volley continued until Antonelli won the Lady Barons’ first point. Every point the Lady Barons made fortified their defense so they would stay in the lead.
The Yellow Jackets followed closely behind the Lady Barons for points. A timeout was called when the score was 23-21.
Jacobson performed one final kill to reach game point with a score of 25-21, a win for the Lady Barons.
The Lady Barons led the fourth set 4-0. A double hit was called on the Lady Barons, which put the Yellow Jackets in the lead. The Lady Barons’ hustle was good and the players were ready, but the score was decided with the Yellow Jackets beating the Lady Barons 25-16.
Lady Barons fans can support the team at their next home match against Grove City College Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. in Finnegan Fieldhouse.