The Ballard volleyball team pulled into the parking lot at Lafayette Christian School on Tuesday sporting a perfect record.
By the time the team boarded the bus for the trip home, though, it was saddled with its first loss of the season.
The Lady Cougars lost the first game, but they bounced back to win the match in five games, dropping Ballard’s record to 9-1.
“We needed a big win like that to boost us up and show we can play with anybody,” Lafayette Christian coach Rene Gomez said.
Ballard won the first game 25-16, but Lafayette Christian dominated the second game en route to a 25-12 victory, and it was all even.
“That gave us life, a belief that we could play with this team,” Gomez said.
Lafayette Christian kept the momentum going and won the third game 25-20, but Ballard bounced back to win the fourth game 25-21, setting up a winner-take-all scenario for the final game.
“They really believed in themselves,” Gomez said. “They really got fired up, really got some energy.”
Miranda Powell had a terrific all-around game for the Lady Cougars with seven kills, 12 digs and five aces, and Mary Mae Cole had 12 aces.
“They showed a lot of fight, and overcame a slow start,” Gomez said.