A late first-set rally wasn’t quite enough to help Truman top visiting Platte County Thursday night.
The Pirates claimed a 25-20, 25-10 non-conference victory in a two-set win that saw the Patriots implode in Game 2 on their home court.
“When five of a team’s first eight points come off missed serves you’re not going to win many matches,” Truman coach David Gardner said as the Patriots carried none of that first-set momentum into Game 2.
Three of the Pirates’ first five points and five of their first eight came on errant Patriot serves.
“We’re a young team, but there is no excuse for that kind of serving,” Gardner said after the Patriots fell to 1-5. “We did some nice things the first set and there are things we can work on, which were obvious in the second set.”
Platte County, making its first trip ever to Truman, got off to a 20-10 lead in the first set when the Patriots scored 10 of the next 13 points, to make it 23-20.
Three of those points came off kills from freshman outside hitter Sarina Ulberg.
“We’re still getting used to each other on the court,” Ulberg said. “We’re really trying and working hard. I thought we played much better in the first set than we did in the second.
“It’s kind of disappointing. We were all hoping we could win that second set and go to a third game.”
But the Pirates, who played much of the night without injured outside hitter Aly Anderson, had different plans.
Anderson went down with an ankle injury with her team leading 14-7 in the first set. While the Patriots showed some life, the Pirates clamped down to claim an easy second-set win.
“We have a lot of depth,” said third-year Pirates coach Katlyn Donovan. “This is the first time we’ve ever played Truman, and they did pick up some momentum in the first set.
“We made some adjustments after Aly hurt her ankle and switched up our rotation in the second set and the girls really responded.”
Ulberg led Truman with four kills and Marlee Guenther added three.