Ottawa was without a pair of starters during two home losses Tuesday.
Kamryn Shaffer (quad), senior outside hitter, and Allina Kerns (concussion), junior libero, both sat out of the triangular at OHS, 1120 S. Ash St., Ottawa, with injuries.
The Lady Cyclones (2-5) dropped their first match against Basehor-Linwood, 17-25, 25-14, 25-15. Flashes of strong play were overshadowed by long streaks of points by the Lady Bobcats. Ottawa went up 10-9 in the third set before Basehor rattled off 10 straight points to swing the momentum.
“It’s like it is right there in front of them, and we just aren’t quite sure how to get there,” Laura Jeannin, OHS head volleyball coach, said. “We see the goal, and we have moments where we are really close, but we just haven’t figured out how to get there the whole match. It is a challenge that we’ve had for years, and it will continue to be our challenge until we figure it out.”
Much of the same happened against Lawrence. With the energy upped inside the gym, Ottawa took a 3-1 lead out of the gate. Lawrence proceeded to flip the tide with an 11-1 run which the Lady Cyclones never recovered from.
“That’s one thing I hate seeing,” Jeannin said. “In a lot of our summer things, we were really able to regain our composure when that happens. I’m not seeing that this season, so that’s what we’ve been talking about is that we’ve worked so hard this summer and we saw these great things, but it is not quite connecting to our season. That is why we work all summer is to see it transition. It is like there is a missing piece. I haven’t figured it out, they haven’t figured it out, and I think it is something they are going to have to figure out. I don’t think it can come from me, I think it is going to have to be internal as a team.”
Payton Bruce, junior middle blocker, had five kills and four blocks. Darby Weidl, freshman libero, playing in place of Kerns, had 14 digs in her first varsity action. Jenna DeVore, senior setter, had nine assists and two blocks, and Sutton Jung, senior middle blocker, had eight assists and two blocks.
Ottawa plays 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at home against Eudora.