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Volleyball Drops Five-Set Match

Katie Sylakowski

Final Stats

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Navy volleyball team let a two-set lead slip away from it in a 13-25, 14-25, 25-17, 25-17, 15-12 loss to Air Force, Friday afternoon in a match played at The Pentagon.

"We were playing very well early on and were in control of the match," said Navy head coach Larry Bock. "We went from playing with our `A' game, to playing with our `D' game to raising it back up to our `B' game. There was a combination of things that changed for us as the match went on. We started to play conservatively, our passing was not as strong as it was early in the match and our serve became lighter.

"The players really put us in a position to win the match. At that point, it is up to the head coach to find a way to finish things out for them."

Navy (2-6) outblocked Air Force (2-5), 17-8, and held a 66-57 advantage in digs.

Individually, Katie Sylakowski (Fr., Escondido, Calif.) knocked down 13 kills without an attack error on 20 swings.

"We have a young (11 freshmen on the roster) team that is talented and is growing up fast," said Bock. "They fought hard the whole match. We have some physical challenges to overcome, and there is no easy way to do that. But if we play as we did in the early part of this match, the wins will come for us."

Navy will play Denver Saturday at 9 a.m. and The Citadel Saturday at 3 p.m.

Limited statistics from the match are currently available.



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