Even after a spirited rally to stave off elimination in Set 2, the fifth time proved not to be a charm for Augusta's volleyball team.
The Orioles lost to El Dorado for the fifth and final time this season Saturday in the first round of the Wildcats' home sub-state tournament. Augusta dropped the first set, made a miraculous comeback in Set 2, but dropped the final set in a 25-17, 28-30, 25-20 loss.
Augusta started the match with some zip and crispness in its play. The Orioles moved well on the court. They were active in the back row, led by Jenna Lynch and Kalie Robinson as they made tough digs to keep plays alive. Destiny Williams and Courtney Phillips both had some monster kills.
But El Dorado pushed back. The Wildcats scored several kills during an 8-0 spurt before Katy Nordman finally ended the run with a spike. The Orioles went a little flat from there, committing a couple hitting and serving errors on way to a Set 1 loss.
El Dorado worked for a big lead in Set 2 and was a point away from winning the match, but the Orioles put together one of their best runs all season. They saved seven straight match points and forced a tiebreaker. Both teams went back and forth for several points before the Orioles finally scored two straight to win Set 2 30-28.
The Wildcats made enough plays down the stretch to pull away in Set 3.
Augusta finished the season 12-24.
Chanute defeated El Dorado 25-19, 25-19, then beat Circle 25-18, 25-19 to win the sub-state championship. Chanute enters the state tournament with a 34-1 record.