BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot Bronco volleyball squad took to the court on Wednesday night looking to take down the visiting Pocatello Indians in a conference tussle on the hard wood. Unfortunately for the Broncos and a nice crowd in attendance, the home standing Broncos came up just short of a comeback attempt as they fell in five games 15-25, 18-25, 25-23, 27-25 and 4-15.
"Six of our girls played in the powderpuff football game before the match and you just can't run 200 yards on the football field and expect to be able to come out and have the same strength in the legs that you need to have to finish a match," Blackfoot head coach Lorin Lilya said. "I feel that we are a better team than Pocatello but the extra curricular activities took us out of the game."
Indeed, the Broncos started sluggish as they dropped the first two games but in the third game the Broncos started heating up behind the big hits of Kylie McCree and the serving of Kelsi McDemott.
"When Kylie hits well we usually play well," Coach Lilya said. "Our middles were driving to the net and Pocatello defended them which left her one-on-one on the outside and she did a good job of stepping up and hitting the ball. Kelsi also was a big key because she brought us back from the service line while doing a nice job in the middle for us."
In game four, Blackfoot trailed throughout the game until a late push, capped by a Lacey Turpin ace sealed the thrilling 27-25 comeback win.
Unfortunately, the comeback stalled there however as Pocatello took control of the fifth and deciding game with a quick 5-1 run to open the game as they cruised home with the 15-4 defeat of the Broncos.
"It was a good effort by the team for two games but the first two games we were still focused on activities happening outside of the gym and by the fifth game, we just didn't have anything left," Coach Lilya said.
Blackfoot (6-19) will try to rebound from the loss tonight when they travel to Rigby for a conference match with the Trojans. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.