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Photo by Don Nelson
Katie Labanauskas went high for a spike in the match against Soap Lake.

The Liberty Bell High School volleyball team kept it close against visiting Soap Lake but couldn’t finish out the crucial fourth game, losing the match 3-1 on Sept. 27.

The Lady Lions started out well, with a 26-24 win in the first game. The second was just as hard-fought, with the Eagles edging Liberty Bell, 27-25.

Liberty Bell quickly fell behind, 8-0, in the third game, but rallied to draw within a point at 18-19. But that was as close as the Lady Lions could get, with Soap Lake pulling ahead to win, 25-19.

Photo by Don Nelson Katie Labanauskas dived for the ball as Megan Damman, left, Erin Schuh and Emily Paul set up. Carlynn Treise is behind Damman.

Photo by Don Nelson

Katie Labanauskas dived for the ball as Megan Damman, left, Erin Schuh and Emily Paul set up. Carlynn Treise is behind Damman.

That put the Eagles up 2-1 going into the crucial fourth game. Liberty Bell sped to an early 9-1 lead, but Soap Lake gradually closed the gap until the game was even at 22-22. The Eagles scored the final three points to claim the game and the match.

Katie Labanauskas, Devin Surface, Megan Dammann and Carlynn Treise played aggressively at the net for the Lady Lions while Ruthann Matteson, Erin Schuh, Emily Paul and Isabella Dinsmore dug hard for some impressive saves. But the Eagles seemed to find more open spots than the Lady Lions.

The Lady Lions traveled to Bridgeport on Thursday (Sept. 29), where they also were defeated, 3-1.

Liberty Bell (2-6 for the season) was on the road at unbeaten Manson on Tuesday (Oct. 4). Next up is Waterville at home on Thursday (Oct. 6), then a road game at Oroville (1-6) next Tuesday (Oct. 11).