Thursday night, the Rangers had a big game against the undefeated Lowell team. Unfortunately, the team’s 5-game win streak was ended by them, and Lowell went home with a 3-0 victory. Although they were defeated, senior Caileigh Treash says they still accomplished a lot throughout the night.
“As the night went on we began to see what we needed to do to beat Lowell,” Caileigh said. “By the end of the night we were getting our blocking and our hitting down.”
Set number one was rather slow for the Rangers. They held it close for the first few points, but Lowell went on multiple gigantic runs to close it out 25-13.
“We let the emotions of the evening get to us [in the first set]”, head coach Dayle Wood said. “Especially with it being senior night, emotions are always high. It certainly impacted the whole evening.”
The Rangers got to a small 3-1 deficit in set two but pulled it back with 2 errors from Lowell and a kill from junior Lauren Schofield to take the lead 4-3. The lead grew to 7-4 from more Lowell errors and a kill from senior Caileigh Treash. The game once again evened out and stayed close for an incredibly long time. Lowell went on a 4 point run which forced a timeout from head coach Dayle Wood at 20-16. Coming out of the timeout Lowell earned one more point before senior Katrina Bodkins got a kill to end the run. She had another later in the set but the team still lost 25-19.
Sophomore Tatum Otolski had the first offensive point for the Rangers in set three to tie it 2-2. The next few minutes of the set were close and Katrina and freshmen Brooklyn Conner had a block to bring it within one at 6-5 after a very long rally. However, Lowell went on another 4 point run to gain some breathing room. Likewise to the last set, the game remained within 2-4 points for the majority of the time and the Rangers were able to get it within one point a few more times, but never take the lead. The game seemed in the bag for the Red Arrows after Wood took a timeout at 17-22, but the team stalled it out after a kill from Brooklyn. Caileigh had a block, freshman Sophia Shields had an ace, and senior Kate Ryan had a tip to the back corner to get it to 24-22. Despite the inspiring comeback, Lowell ended it with a kill 25-22.
The last conference game for the Rangers is next Tuesday. After the loss against Lowell, the team sits 7-4 in the conference. This game was senior night and head coach Dayle Wood has much appreciation for what they have given to the team.
“Seniors always have a huge impact on the team,” Wood said. “We have solid seniors across the board and we will hate to see them go, but love to see what they will accomplish. All six seniors will be sincerely missed once the season is over, but we are thankful for their sweat, tears, and dedication they have given to this Ranger community.”