By Bruce C. Walls
Special to the Coastal Point
Indian River High School’s varsity volleyball team suffered their first loss of the season on Tuesday night at home, at the hands of the Smyrna Eagles, ending the Indians’ win streak at eight.
Smyrna won a hard-fought first match 25-18. IR rebounded, taking the next set 25-18 and tying the game 1-1. Then IR took the lead with a 25-19 third-set win. Smyrna tied it back up with a 25-18 fourth set, forcing a first-to-15 tie-breaker set, which the Eagles handily won, 15-2.
“There was a lot of good play tonight. I was really hoping we’d come out with a win tonight,” said IR head coach Jim Barnes. “I’m really proud of the girls. I really felt we could beat Smyrna.
“They’re a great team,” he added. “They just served very well at the end, and we just couldn’t make the offensive moves to win the game. Our passing wasn’t there to set up the play, and we just kept turning it over to them.
“We played good defense,” he noted. “We got beat today, and that’s the bottom line. We’ve come a long way since we use to get crushed. We just have to keep working at it. That’s the best thing we can do.”
The Indians still have a lot of volleyball left on their 2017 calendar. On Thursday, Oct. 12, (after Coastal Point press time), they were set to host the Milford Buccaneers. Then, on Monday, Oct. 16, they’ll hit the road, traveling to Glasgow High School, followed by an Oct. 19 match at Woodbridge High School.