Blazers playing with intensity, comes up short in pair of matches

By Eddie Mowen Jr. -

NEW PARIS — National Trail’s volleyball is still seeking its first win of the season after dropping a pair of matches last week.

The Blazers dropped to 0-8 overall and 0-4 in the Cross County Conference with losses to Franklin-Monroe 25-19, 25-10, 25-9 and to Mississinawa Valley 25-16, 21-25, 25-16, 25-18.

“I thought the girls started the first set timid,” Trail coach Joy Yeazel said of the match with F-M. “I was proud of the way the girls reset and with intensity we came back to a score of 15-19. We continued to fight but could not put the ball away for a win. We just have to find a way to play smart volleyball. The second and third set were not played with any of the intensity we had in the first set.”

Freshman Angel Bowers led the team offensively with 3 kills, freshman Tristan Bowers and sophomore Brooke Johnson each had 4 assists. Lexi Stiner had 2 blocks defensively.

Against Mississinawa Valley, senior Ariel Lee anchored the defense with 23 digs. Unfortunately, Trail had too many unforced errors which led to points for the Hawks, according to Yeazel.

“We have a very young team out on the floor and it shows,” she said. “We have to do a better job of keeping the ball in play and understanding the game.”

Leading the offensive attack were junior Lexi Stiner with 10 kills, Tristan Bowers with 9 kills. Johnson and Tristan both had 14 assists each. Johnson and junior Risa Griffin had 2 aces apiece.

By Eddie Mowen Jr.

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH