Patriots’ winning streak comes to an end

  • Thursday, September 26, 2013

Senior Meghan Sanders makes a dig for the Patriots Tuesday. ROGER LEE/JOURNAL SCENE

The Patriots’ volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday.
Fort Dorchester lost 2-1 to defending Region 8-AAAA champion Bluffton during a match in North Charleston. The Bobcats improved their record to 12-7 with a 2-0 mark in the region while the Patriots fell to 15-1, 3-1.
“We knew Bluffton would be our primary challenge this year and this match would be important,” Fort Dorchester coach Tarshie Burrell said. “We really wanted the win and our girls played with a lot of heart. We came out a little cold, but showed some potential in the second game. We just need to keep working. Hopefully the butterflies are out of our stomach now and we will play better the next time we see them.”
The Bluffton hitters demonstrated their power right from the start but the Bobcats also scored several points off tips. After Bluffton cruised to a 25-11 win in the first game, Fort Dorchester took charge and kept the Bobcats at bay to earn a 25-23 win in the second game.
However, Bluffton finished as strong as it opened, jumping out to a 6-0 lead in the third game en route to a 25-12 win.
The teams will meet again in Bluffton on Oct. 17.
Next week, Fort Dorchester hosts Goose Creek at 6 p.m. Oct. 1 and travels to Cane Bay Oct. 3.
Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com

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