MARICOPA — With the Maricopa volleyball team searching for an end to a lengthy losing streak, it needs to be able to take advantage of whatever opportunities it gets. The Rams might have let a good one slip away on Thursday.

Maricopa jumped ahead a set against Gilbert Williams Field at home, but was unable to secure anything after that, falling 3-1. The loss brought the Rams’ regular season losing streak to nine, with just three games left to play.

“It definitely slipped away,” coach Theresa Abernathy said. “We should have won, but they still played better than they have in a while. We had more attacks, and we had more blocks than we had been.”

After going back and forth for much of the first set, the Rams (3-11) were able to pull out to a 9-point lead. The Black Hawks put them back on their toes, however, bringing the score to within 2 before Maricopa was finally able to put it away.

In the second set, the roles reversed, as Williams Field jumped out to an early lead before seeing the Rams make a big comeback attempt, only to fall just short.

After the Black Hawks more easily took the third set, the fourth became the most competitive of the night, with each side exchanging leads, and sustaining long rallies. However, the Black Hawks were able to pull ahead late and hold on to seal the victory.

“They just have to learn how to make point after point after point, and not just give up after getting a couple points,” Abernathy said.

The Rams’ final home game of the season is on Tuesday as they welcome Gilbert Higley. They follow that up with road games against Queen Creek Casteel and Gilbert to end the season.

“I want them to believe in themselves, and believe they can win,” Abernathy said. “It’s all about consistency, with the little things that count and the discipline that counts.”

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