Despite losses at home to McPherson and fifth-ranked Rose Hill on Tuesday, Augusta head coach Brian Hallmark was pleased with the progress the newcomers have made so far this season.

“I’m pleased to see our freshman taking on a more active role with the team,” said Hallmark.

“They have made huge strides in just the last couple of weeks. I know they will only get better. I'm also pleased that the girls now understand they are good enough to compete with these teams.”

In the first match of the night, Augusta lost to McPherson by scores of 25-23 and 25-11. Maddie Livingston led the team with four kills, and Kenzie Kirk finished with 10 digs.

After falling to McPherson, Augusta faced the defending 4A-I state champion, Rose Hill. The Orioles lost the first set 25-15, before making the second set much more competitive, but eventually falling by a score of 25-22.

“In order to beat these teams we definitely need to learn how to mentally focus, and be consistent throughout the matches. You have to win the serve/pass game in order to beat these teams, and we really tend to check out way too much and get beat on the serve receive side of the game,” added Hallmark.

Maddie Livingston added eight more kills and ten digs against Rose Hill. Jennifer Siviseth also added eight digs.

Augusta will be back in action again on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The Orioles will travel to McPherson for a rematch with the Bullpups. El Dorado will also make the trip to McPherson for the triangular.