The St. Maries volleyball team isn’t making up for the 2020 season’s late start on purpose.

But having its first three matches each go five sets has given Coach Rachele Fischer and her team plenty of opportunity to see where it needs to make changes.

The girls managed to escape Grangeville Sept. 26 with a 25-15, 14-25, 25-15, 21-25, 15-10 win after a dismal second set that saw the Bulldogs even the match at one set apiece.

“We struggled some to get communication and vibe going,” Coach Fischer said. “We were able to get the win, but our play was off.”

Mackenzie Hammond recorded 24 assists in the win that put St. Maries at 1-0 in CIL play, and Berkli McGreal added 11 digs for the Jacks.

The girls rallied in the first set against Timberlake Sept. 24 and would go on to lose the game 23-25.

St. Maries would take sets two and four before falling in the fifth and dropping the match 23-25, 25-20, 20-25, 25-23, 14-16.

“We started the night slow,” Coach Fischer said. “They had a big lead on us in game one, and it took us a bit to get going. We ha d a lot of great moments, we just need to play more consistent and not have the big ups and downs.”

Sami Badgett had a team-high 17 digs in the effort and Kirsten Miller tallied 11 kills for St. Maries.

Upcoming: The Lumberjacks (1-2, 1-0 CIL before a Sept. 29 match vs. Wallace) host Kellogg Thursday at 7 p.m.

St. Maries 3, Grangeville 2

SM 25 14 25 21 15

GHS 15 25 15 25 10

Hammond – 24 as.; Miller – 13 kill; McGreal – 11 dig, 7 ace; S. Martin – 1 blk; Watkins – 1 blk.

St. Maries 2, Timberlake 3

SM 23 25 20 25 14

TL 25 20 25 23 16

Badgett – 17 dig; Hammond – 26 as.; Miller – 11 kill; Hammond – 6 ace; Watkins – 1 blk.; Holmes – 1 blk.

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