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FORT WAYNE—The young Lady Starfires fell on the road Monday night to a fundamentally sound Blackhawk Christian in a three-game sweep 25-13, 25-8, 26-24.
South Adams nabbed the first point of the game on a kill from Cady Farlow but simply looked sleepy after that in the first two sets.
"It was a matter of energy and teamwork," explained SA coach Amie Sprunger. "I didn't think we were very scrappy to start off with and we need to be more aggressive out there. We have some girls who try to compare themselves to the other players but need to just focus on being the best they can be."
The first set remained close at 4-4, then the Lady Braves rallied off seven straight points including a pair of aces to lead 11-4. A few of the points were miscommunications from the Starfires defense with a few miscues on the serve receive sprinkled in.
South Adams chipped in three points in a row on freshman Abby Myers' service including an ace that made it straight to the floor and it was 11-7. The Stars would not make it any closer, however, as Blackhawk strung the next four points prompting an SA timeout.
The Stars' last ditch effort in the first came with the score 15-9 but the Braves closed out the frame with 10 of the final 14 points leaving SA down a set and flustered headed into the second stanza.
The errors became a snowball effect for coach Sprunger's youthful squad, who currently juggles four freshman in her rotation including Emma Rosswurm, a frosh who is currently being groomed as the Stars' setter for the next few seasons.
"Emma Rosswurm has really stepped up this season for us," praised coach Sprunger. "I feel like she's come a long way being thrown into a position like setter as a freshman. She made very few errors for us tonight."
Rosswurm tallied a kill with seven assists on a night that offense came at a premium for the Lady Stars.
In the second game, SA managed just eight points on the board.
"Our communication really fell apart in the second game. Blackhawk was very aggressive on their offensive play and we just could not counter it tonight," noted Sprunger.
At one point, the match was out of hand at 18-4 with South Adams making five straight unforced errors and looking extremely uncomfortable on the serve receive from the Braves. After the timeout, Farlow managed to paint the line on three consecutive points as the offense began to find some semblance of flow marking the score at 19-7.