Fremont High School’s biggest problem during the opening weeks of the volleyball season has been inconsistency.
That was evident on Tuesday night as the Tigers’ couldn’t sustain any momentum during Grand Island’s 25-21, 25-17, 25-16 win in the Al Bahe Gymnasium.
“We just have to be more consistent,” Fremont coach Cindy Kostek said. “We were doing a great job when we were scrambling, but we have to transition that to hitting. We were tracking down balls, but we have to transition that into our offense.”
A Riley Hoerath kill and a pair of hitting errors by the Islanders helped the Tigers jump to a 4-2 lead in the opening set. The Tigers rallied to tie it at 13 with the help of a Liz Greunke kill, but the Islanders scored four straight to seize control.
The Islanders broke to a 9-5 lead in the second set, but another Greunke kill helped FHS close to 9-6. Outside hitters Alexa Blase and Sydney Wald, however, gave the Islanders a spark as they stretched the advantage to 16-12.
“We’ve been getting stuck behind the block,” Kostek said. “We’ve been working on getting out from behind it. We adjusted and (libero) Rylee Williams got outside the block. We were able to dig them, but we couldn’t turn it into offense for us. That is where we have to get to.”
Greunke’s ace serve helped the Tigers close to 16-14, but the Islanders scored five of the next six points. FHS was hindered by five service errors in the set.
Kostek said the serving problems were surprising.
“We served so well last weekend at Bryan,” she said of an Omaha tournament, “and we served well in the first game.”
Samantha Armstrong had a pair of kills to help the Islanders score the first eight points of the third set. Madi Moore, however, delivered back-to-back aces to help the Tigers close to 17-11.
The Islanders went up 19-11 with the help of a Blase kill and a Katie Ellis ace, but Greunke answered with a kill down the line. An Islanders’ attacking error narrowed the gap to 19-13, but the Tigers couldn’t get any closer.
Greunke led the Tigers with nine kills. Hoerath had five. Setters Taylor Pemberton and Hannah Wilson combined for 14 set assists. The latter also had three kills.
Wald had 12 kills while Blase and Armstrong had eight each for the Islanders, 3-6.
Fremont, 3-8, plays Thursday night at South Sioux City.