McClain's Jaelyn Pitzer spikes the ball as teammates Kaleigh Easter and Iva Easter look on. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
McClain's Jaelyn Pitzer spikes the ball as teammates Kaleigh Easter and Iva Easter look on. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
GREENFIELD — In their second match in consecutive days, the McClain Lady Tigers volleyball team dropped a Frontier Athletic Conference match Tuesday night against the Miami Trace Panthers in three straight sets.

McClain lost to the visiting Lady Panthers at McClain Gym by scores of 25-12, 25-12 and 25-16.

With the loss, the Lady Tigers are now 3-7 overall and 0-3 in the FAC.

The first set was dominated by the Lady Panthers — who are now 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the FAC — and then in the second set Miami Trace won by the same score but broke away later in the match to take a two-set lead over the hosts.

In the second set, McClain fought back from trailing by a 7-5 score to tie the score at 7-7. MT then built up a 14-8 lead with points from Laura Robinson and Olivia Fliehman, as Robinson had an ace to make it the 14-8 MT advantage.

MTHS followed that with another ace by Robinson, pushing their lead to 18-8. MT later added to their advantage in set two with an ace by Tapanga Sanderson for a 22-10 lead. MHS didn’t back off, though, with Cierra Bolender gaining consecutive points at the front of the net for the 11th and 12th points for MHS.

Those points were too late as the final point was scored by Miami Trace for a set two win over McClain at 25-12.

“Doug (Mace) always has his teams prepared, and I told my girls from the beginning that he is a good coach, and it doesn’t mtater who he lost or who he has coming in, he’s going to have them ready to play,” MHS coach Taylor Alsop said. “Tonight we weren’t playing together. We aren’t a young team, but we are young playing together.

“Out of my starting six players, five played last year, but we just can’t make it gel. Not playing games during the break kind of threw us off a bit, and we’ve got to get back into the swing of things.”

The third set between McClain and Miami Trace included early tied scores at 1-1 and 2-2, with McClain’s Kaleigh Easter tying the score at 2-2. Later in the match, Miami Trace built a 7-2 advantage, but McClain gained their third point off a hit from Easter once again.

Miami Trace continued to set the pace vs. McClain on Tuesday night as they eventually led by a 16-6 score and then 18-9. McClain broke up the quick-paced scoring of Miami Trace with an ace by Camryn McCoy, and later she also helped bring the MHS score to 13 points, though the Lady Tigers trailed, 20-13.

By the end of the third set, the 16th score by MHS came off a hit by Bolender, but MTHS won the third set and match with a kill for the 25th and final point scored.

Next for McClain is an away FAC match on Thursday, Sept. 12 at Chillicothe High School.