By Ben MurphyFarwell’s strong start to the season came unhinged Wednesday night, suffering its first Jack Pine Conference volleyball loss of the season in Beaverton. The Beavers won in straight sets, 25-18, 25-12 and 25-19.
“We just mentally weren’t focused,” Farwell head coach Jacob Sullivan said. “ Distractions took over and Beaverton, they sped up their offense and that caught us off guard. We adjusted to that later in the game but that’s not our game.”
The Lady Beavers rolled to a seven point win in the first set and jumped off to a 10-5 lead in the second set on a kill by Ashton Snyder.
A spike by Kendra Robison helped the Lady Eagles stay within 14-8, but their last point of the set came on a spike by Caron White that made it 22-12. Jasmyn Parker-Urban served an ace to close out the set at 25-12.
White spiked an incoming free-ball early in the third set to put Farwell up 3-1, and the Eagles went ahead 4-1 on a side out. Beaverton rallied to reclaim the lead however, pulling ahead 7-6 after a Farwell attack error.
Lauren Ringwalt had a tip-kill to tie the game at 7-7, but Beaverton jumped back ahead on a tip-kill by Haley Forbes.
The Beavers led 17-11 late in the set but a block by Kate Saupe and spike by white closed the gap to 18-16.
A service error ended the run however, making it 19-16 in favor of the Beavers. Beaverton led the frame 23-19 and closed off the win on back-to-back net fouls by Farwell.
“We normally come out with more focus then that,” Sullivan said. “We didn’t show up to play tonight. Other than Homecoming this week, I don’t have an answer for that.”
Ringwalt led the Eagles with 12 assists and seven digs, White had seven kills, Robison had five kills and Saupe had seven digs.
Farwell (7-7-1 overall, 1-1 JPC) hosts Houghton Lake on Monday and plays at Harrison on Wednesday in two more JPC contests.
“We have the weekend off so we’ll refocus,” Sullivan said. “We want to focus on getting two wins next week and getting back on a roll. We have to put this loss behind us and think about the next game.”