Kootenai’s volleyball team came as close as it has to winning a match last week against Mullan, falling in the final frame of a five-set marathon Oct. 5.

Tayva Maitland recorded 12 digs, 11 kills, one ace and an assist as her team lost 25-23, 25-22, 23-25, 23-25, 10-15.

“This is the best the girls have come together as a team and showed what they can do,” Coach Kaili Gentry said. “All they need to do now is get over that mental hurdle and be confident in themselves and their teammates.”

Kaylee Lupo added eight aces, 10 digs, 13 assists and 11 kills in the effort.

Up Next: Kootenai (0-10, 0-3 NSL before Oct. 12 match at Genesis Prep) hosts Wallace Thursday for a 6 p.m. start and hosts Genesis Prep Friday at 6 p.m. in the Warriors’ final home action of the season.

Kootenai 2, Mullan 3

KHS 25 25 23 23 10

MUL 23 22 25 25 15

Maitland - 12 digs, 11 kills, 1 ace, 1 assist; Lupo – 13 assists, 11 kills, 10 digs, 8 aces; Loucks – 3 kills, 2 aces, 2 digs, 1 block; Defoort – 5 digs, 5 kills, 1 block; Offerman – 4 kills, 3 digs; Bohannon – 3 digs, 1 kill; Renn – 4 digs, 1 ace

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