Hustle and teamwork.

Fort Osage volleyball coach Vanessa Gage and senior Allie Barrett agreed those two factors were key to Fort Osage’s ability to rally and win Thursday night’s Suburban Middle Six volleyball road match with William Chrisman, 2-1.

“I think a lot of people stepped up,” Gage said. “We had good defense. We had some blocks at the net, some good swings.”

Barrett, who finished with 11 kills, was one of those who sparked the Indians. Other contributors included senior Sidney Smith, who led the Indians (3-8-1, 2-2 Middle Six) with 16 digs.

Fort Osage’s multiple contributors helped the Indians overcome a 25-18 loss in the first game. Trailing 13-11, the Bears took control with a 10-2 run.

The Indians answered in the second game with their own stretch run. With the score 15-15, they scored nine straight points en route to a 25-16 win.

“That whole game was a blur,” Barrett said. “But I just knew that I had to stay up. So I hustled. My teammates helped me. … It was just a great team effort, for sure.”

But the second game wasn’t a blur to Gage.

“It was nice. There were a lot of good things,” she said. “I saw some hustle.”

Fort Osage staged an early run to claim the momentum in the finale. Trailing 4-2, Fort Osage went on a 12-2 spree. Leading 18-11, the Indians outscored the Bears 7-3 down the stretch to finish it.

“I feel like we hustled really well that game and everyone gave it their all,” Barrett said.

Fort Osage also focused on playing controlled the last game, Gage said.

“(We concentrated on) putting that ball in play, really working together, trying to send that ball wherever they were not. Quit making our errors and let them make them,” she said.

To Chrisman coach Dean Rausch, Thursday’s loss was a reminder that the Bears (3-8-1, 1-4) have to work on finishing. The key to finishing strong is being able to “overcome a lot fears – and mostly the fear that you might fail,” said Rausch, who made that point to his players afterward.

Rausch was confident the Bears would learn to fight through the types of fears they experienced Thursday. He also was pleased with aspects of their performance.

“They showed great heart at times,” Rausch said. “And then, they showed that they are young.”