The Rolla volleyball team (18-12-3, 6-6 OC) traveled to Camdenton to wrap up their regular season against the Lady Lakers on Thursday, Oct. 12. Rolla fought back to win the first set, but couldn't find that second set win in a 1-2 loss to their Ozark Conference foe.
Rolla was in a dogfight with Camdenton from the first point. The Lady Lakers built a 22-15 lead in the first set, but the Lady Bulldogs wouldn't roll over so easily. Rolla fought back to win the 10 of the next 11 points to win the set 25-23. From there, Rolla couldn't pull out a victory in the second or third set. Camdenton took the second set 25-19 and the third set 25-21. As head coach Stephanie Pritchett put it, Rolla just made a few more mistakes than their conference rival.
"Well Camdenton played well. We did not play terribly by any means. I knew that it would be a dog fight. We were two pretty evenly matched teams...at least that night," said coach Pritchett. "We did some things very well and just made more mistakes than the other team. Our team has come a long way this season."
The loss leaves Rolla at 18 wins in the regular season. The season goal for the Lady Bulldogs was 20 wins, but the Lady Bulldogs still have a chance to reach that mark. Next up for Rolla is their District tournament, which kicks off at Springfield Central on Monday, Oct. 16. Their first matchup will be against Hillcrest on Monday. A victory would give them a chance for that 20th win against the winner between Lebanon and Waynesville on Tuesday, Oct. 17.