The streak stopped Thursday.
Having lost their last five matches, the Craig Middle School eighth-grade volleyball team was searching for some respite Thursday against visiting Hayden.
They got it.
The Bulldogs blew past the Tigers, 25-16 and 25-16, picking up their first win since defeating those same Tigers on Sept. 9.
"Our setters stepped it up, our hitters were going up strong, and we just played really well as a team tonight," CMS coach Diana Booco said. "We have a lot of talent on this team that had been struggling. We didn't struggle tonight."
The teams exchanged side outs during the match's onset, until Bulldog Makayla Camilletti stepped to the service line with CMS leading, 3-2.
Camilletti's spinning serve was too much for the Tigers to handle, and by the time Hayden earned a side out, the Bulldogs led 14-3.
The Tigers attempted a first-game comeback with five-straight points to pull within four at 20-16.
But a deft drop volley by Kelsie Pomeroy swung the momentum back in the home team's favor.
Camilletti's kill at 24-16 sealed the Game 1 victory for the Bulldogs.
"We hit a lot of balls into the net and basically beat ourselves," Hayden coach Kim Temple said. "We didn't play the way I know we know how."
CMS (3-5 overall) trailed in Game 2 until Jessica Behrman took control and helped push the Bulldogs back from a 5-1 deficit.
Her tip put CMS on top, 6-5, and the Tigers couldn't respond.
When the dust had settled on CMS' rally, Hayden found itself trailing, 17-10.
"We talked a lot more and had a lot better transitions," Behrman said. "We were a lot better today than we have been."
Pomeroy ripped off five consecutive service points, and once again Camilletti was there to end the game - and match - with a kill.
"At this level, that's what I coach," Booco said of her team having more kills - and the aggressiveness that comes with them - than Hayden.
"I don't teach these girls to play patty-cake volleyball."
Setting the tempo
The CMS seventh-grade "A" and "B" teams did exactly what the eighth-grade team did Thursday.
Both teams swept the Tigers, with the "B" team winning, 25-13 and 25-19, while the "A" team won, 25-19 and 25-18.
Shaye Zimmerman, Brenna Ciesco and Kyri Scroggs led the Bulldogs' charge.
"The girls showed a big improvement tonight," coach Bill Ronis said. "They had really good ball control. They played like a team tonight and they matured a lot.
"They should be proud of themselves for the way they played."
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