Wild Rose’s Lily Jensen sets the ball in the fifth set against Gresham at home on Oct. 10. The Wildcats fell to Gresham, 3-2 (18-25, 25-20, 25-19, 19-25, 15-10). Jensen recorded 21 assists in the match.

Wild Rose loses to Gresham in five sets on Oct. 10

The Wild Rose girls volleyball team wanted to end its regular season on a high note, but settled with a 3-2 (18-25, 25-20, 25-19, 19-25, 15-10) loss to Gresham on Oct. 10.

“We took a conference championship team to five games,” stated Wild Rose Head Coach Jason Kirby. “It was the best match the girls played all year – we hit well, we served well. For Parents Night, we had a great showing, and the girls played well.”

The evening started out well as the hosts captured a 25-18 win in the first set.

Competition kept things close for a time in the second set with Wild Rose possessing an early lead, and Gresham having tied things up two times before gaining the lead. The visitors then grabbed the lead for the remainder of the set, and put some space in between themselves and their hosts.

Wild Rose held as much as a 3-point lead on a few occasions before Gresham started making the transition, with Hailey Hoffman getting a 3-point service run. She was soon followed by a 5-point service run by Kiersten Fischer to give Gresham a 6-point lead. The hosting Wildcats fought to decrease the deficit, succeeding to reduce it by 2 points on a few occasions, only to have it widen again. The margin had been so wide as 8 points, but Wild Rose narrowed it as the game neared the end. Gresham ended up taking the second set 25-20 on a side out.

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