The Lowry High School volleyball squad began the regular season at home this year against Churchill County (Fallon) and struggled early, but the Lady Bucks came back strong and pushed the Greenwave to four sets in a 3-1 loss.
Lowry started off the first set slow in front of its home crowd, trailing 8-1 before coming back a little in the middle of the set.
However, the Greenwave pulled away to win the first set 25-16.
The Lady Bucks bounced back and took the second set 25-20, but the Greenwave came back strong in the third and put them down 25-15.
“In the first and third sets we did not look like the team that we are,” said first-year varsity volleyball coach Skylar Estes. “The second one they definitely showed up and played and that fourth one they did too. We got behind a little too much and ran out of points to catch up.”
The fourth set was an epic battle back-and-forth with many long rallies, but Churchill County prevailed in the end 25-23 for the three sets to one victory.
“Julie (Ruiz) and Isabelle (Ozanick) came in and set for us because of an injury,” Estes said. “They really stepped up and helped the team.”
When asked about coaching her first home game at Lowry as the varsity coach Estes said, “It is just a little bit nerve-racking because now I am in the head varsity position, so it is a little bit different, but for the most part it pretty much felt the same as other times,” Estes said. “Playing at home is always one of those things where you go, “It is going to go good in our favor or not.” It just depends on how the girls are going to come out and feed off the different energies.”
Lowry hosted Truckee on Pat Hart Court Friday and the results of the contest were not available at press time.
"Truckee is going to be a challenge," Estes said. "We can’t play a game like we played that first one, or the third tonight. We can’t slack off in the middle; that is kind of where we lost it. If we play like that second game we are going to be good.”
The Lady Bucks travel to Dayton Sept. 13, and South Tahoe on Sept. 14.