CONRAD South Tama County's volleyball team came several points away from repeating as champions at the BCLUW Round-Robin Tournament on Saturday.
However, the Lady Trojans came up a few points shy in a pair of matches. They finished 3-2 on the day and placed third in the six-team tournament.
Despite the winning record on the day, STC head coach Michelle Bradley wasn't pleased with the final standings.
South Tama sophomore Belle Tyynismaa records a kill during STC's match against Benton Saturday at the BCLUW Round Robin.
"We should have come out of there in first place, pretty easily," Bradley said. "I don't know what happened. Maybe the girls got tired. I don't have an answer.
"The girls came out of it saying we can work on this and that," she said. "So, once again, for a positive, we will come out of it knowing what we need to work on."
The Lady Trojans began the day with a pair of victories in the morning. They crushed host BCLUW in straight-sets, winning 21-12 and 21-18. They continued playing well in the next match, where they faced Benton. The Lady Trojans won in two sets again, 21-7 and 21-18.
"We played really well early in the day," Bradley said. "I thought OK we won the two opening matches in two sets so we were ready for Hudson. We knew what to expect of Hudson because we had watched them all morning."
After a bye during the next round, South Tama changed courts to play Hudson. Both squads battled closely during the opening set, but South Tama closed it out, winning 21-19.
South Tama took its momentum into the second set, where it led throughout most of the set. However, the Lady Trojans couldn't close it out and allowed Hudson back in it late in the set. Hudson eventually won the set 21-19, forcing a third set.
Hudson played with high energy and took advantage of STC errors as it built a 7-0 lead in the set. STC tried to rally, but back-to-back controversial calls from an official killed any chance of a comeback. Hudson won the set 15-5.
"We couldn't get anything going," Bradley said. "The girls would get upset because they would get blocked or couldn't get a tip. Basically, we got mentally out matched.
"We got into a tipping test," she added. "Everybody just started tipping and that's not our game. Our game is to pound the ball and keep attacking. We got into this tipping frenzy and then couldn't get back to attacking."
South Tama's next match was almost dj vu from the Hudson loss. STC faced North Polk, who had previously lost to Hudson in three set. STC won the opening set 21-10, but lost the next two 21-11 and 15-9.
"That was tough," Bradley said. "I don't have an answer at all. I'm not sure what happened."
The Lady Trojans closed out the day with a win against Aplington-Parkersburg. They won in straight sets, 21-16 and 21-16.
South Tama played at Gladbrook-Reinbeck on Tuesday. STC will travel to Ackley on Thursday to play AGWSR. The freshman and junior varsity matches will begin at 6 p.m. with varsity starting after 7 p.m.
"I hope we can move on," Bradley said. "Hopefully everything will mend and we'll be good."