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September 19th, 2019

machiashotMachia Mullens pushes the ball across the net against Great Bend Thursday in Garden?City. The Lady Redskins came up short against the Lady Panthers and also fell to Garden City. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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In baseball, it’s called the big inning, and in volleyball, a “big inning” is when the same server is able to reel off several points in a row.

That’s what happened to the Lady Redskins Thursday in Garden City. A few “big innings” allowed Great Bend and Garden City to come away with sweeps of the Lady Redskins, and Liberal fell to 1-3 on the season.

With Sarah Mein injured, Liberal’s height at the net was limited. The Lady Redskins were also playing a number of back row players without a history of varsity experience, and the combination made it difficult for the Lady Redskins to establish runs.

After falling to Great Bend 25-15, 25-16, they fell short in the first set against Garden City 25-18. 

But in the second set against the Lady Buffaloes, Liberal was able to maintain a lead throughout most of the set, and the Lady Redskins were close to a win with a 23-19 advantage.

But the Lady Redskins gave up a “big inning,” allowing the Lady Buffaloes to score the final six points of the set in a 25-23 loss for Liberal.

With a blend of only three varsity players that saw significant action last season and another still waiting to be cleared to play, the Lady Redskins, and with some newcomers gaining experience early in the season, it is likely the Lady Redskins will show continued improvement as the season progresses. 

Liberal will get little time to make adjustments. After Thursday’s triangular in Garden City, the Lady Redskins travel to Hutchinson Saturday for a tournament.

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