BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
MEDIAPOLIS – The FMHS Lady Bloodhounds lost Tuesday night at Mediapolis and are an even 3 and 3 in their last six volleyball matches after winning seven straight.
The Hounds got a quick start with a 25-21 win, but they lost momentum after falling 25-27 in the second set, after holding an eight-point lead. The Lady Bulldogs ran away with the third and fourth sets 18-25 and 12-25 to take the match.
Head Coach Kent Bailey said a lull in serving efficiency in the second set was the Lady Hounds unraveling.
“The match turned in the second game when Fort Madison was up 14-6 and proceeded to miss two of our next 3 serves. Mediapolis made a run and ended up winning the game and the momentum. At that point Mediapolis played great defense the last two games and didn’t let many of our hits find the floor,” Bailey said.
“We’ve got some things we can take back to our gym and work on. It’s a busy week with Homecoming activities, but Fairfield comes to our gym next Tuesday and we’ll need to be fired up and ready to go.”
Senior Kaeli Hutson led the Hounds with a perfect night serving at 14 of 14. She was also 22-24 hitting with four kills, and 20 digs.
Sophomore Lauren Bailey had 30 assists to set up the hitters and had 11 digs on the night.
Junior Jillian Wiseman had 12 kills to lead FMHS at the net with 27-30 hitting. Jassmine Bass was 29-33 hitting with nine kills and lead Fort Madison with four blocks.
The Hounds fall to 14-7 on the season, but are still a perfect 5-0 in the Southeast Conference and host Fairfield on Tuesday.
In the junior varsity contest, the Hounds won 25-21, 19-21 and 15-4. The freshman team also won 21-18, 21-11.