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PLAY BALL — Top, Hannah Wells meets Rams players at the net. Bottom, from left, Tuscola’s Skylar Sutton sets up a serve; Abigail Webster and Zoe Stevenson dive for a return; and Kayden Mallette returns a serve.

After reeling off three consecutive wins over Asheville, Erwin and North Buncombe, the Tuscola volleyball team fell at home on Tuesday to undefeated T.C. Roberson. The loss drops Tuscola’s record to 3-2 for the season.

Tuscola took the first set from the Rams before dropping the next three for a final score of 3-1 in favor of T.C. Roberson: 25-22, 10-25, 18-25, 12-25. Head Coach Montana Moore was effusive in her praise of the opponent.

“They had everything together,” she said of the visiting Rams. “They made a lot less errors than we did. They have very skilled players, and they just outworked us.”

Tuscola will travel to play West Henderson on Friday. The Falcons are also undefeated for the 2020 season and beat Tuscola twice, both times in straight sets, in 2019.

“West Henderson is very much like T.C.,” said Moore in comparing this week’s two opponents. “They have a lot of skilled players. They’re very smart, and they have a great coach. I know that a lot of girls at West Henderson, just like at T.C., play club ball, and it definitely shows. They’re really good athletes and players all the way around.”

Moore says she focused this week’s practices on passing and serving after making several critical service errors against T.C. Roberson.

“I told them that that is something that we can control,” Moore said of serving. “It doesn’t matter what they do on their side, that is something we can control, and so I really focused on that because if we don’t get the ball over, we don’t give them the chance to make an error.”

Moore is also urging her team to play with a greater urgency as they close in on the halfway point of their abbreviated season.

“I told them that if we go out there and we play our best and we lose, I’m okay with that, but I don’t want us to go out there and let another team outwork us,” she said. “I want them to go out there and hustle and go after every ball, to play like it’s our last game. We are almost halfway through our season for volleyball, so I want to make sure that every point that we play counts.”

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