It was close for the Dixie State University volleyball team Saturday as it fell to Dominican University 3-1.
Donuts were handed out to students prior to the beginning of the match and for fans of Trailblazer volleyball that might have been the highlight of the afternoon.
After a 15-15 tie midway through the first set, the Trailblazers dropped the set 25-18 while the Penguins finished on a 9-2 run.
DSU rallied in the second set for a 25-22 victory and subsequent 1-1 tie in the match.
The third set was a battle, neither team able to gain control or momentum. DSU took a 23-22 lead but were unable to finish off the Penguins, who came back to win 25-23.
“We [were] playing good, until there at the end,” said freshman right side hitter Lauren Gammell, a nursing major from Spanish Fork. “We didn’t out-work, out-talk, or out-hustle them.”
Needing a win in he fourth set to stay alive, the Trailblazers fought hard to build a 24-21 lead. However, DSU was again unable to close the coffin on DU, and the Penguins scored the final five points of the set for 26-24 victory.
“We needed to have more heart in the game [today],” said sophomore libero Sidney Brandon, a criminal justice major from Bountiful. “We took plays off and didn’t cover like we should have.”
The Trailblazers have dropped to fifth place in the Pacific West Conference and need strong play over the final four games to be in contention for a second consecutive conference title.
“We have dealt with some adversity these last few weeks, but are working to be resilient,” head coach Robyn Felder said. “We are still a great team and still have some great volleyball in us.”
At 15-9 overall and 11-5 in PacWest Conference play, DSU hits the road to take on California Baptist University Friday.