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Volleyball: Ryan suffers early playoff exit with five-set loss to Chisholm Trail

TROPHY CLUB — Last week, Ryan was playing for the No. 1 seed in District 5-5A. The Lady Raiders didn't play well in that match, and those struggles carried over into Tuesday's Class 5A playoff opener. 

Ryan shot a paltry .170 while never looking like a team that won 29 matches in a disappointing 25-22, 18-25, 28-26, 20-25, 15-12 loss to Saginaw Chisholm Trail at Trophy Club Nelson. 

Chisholm Trail, which got big nights from Aamiyah Davis and Lexi Davis, lost the fourth set and  trailed 4-1 to open the fifth set. But the Lady Rangers thwarted Ryan's momentum with a timely 8-1 run to take the lead for good. 

Lexi Davis finished with 16 kills and Amaiyah Davis added 12. 

"We didn't practice well [Monday], and we didn't have a good warmup today," Ryan coach Nicole Hervey said. "There is no reason we should have lost this game. We just made too many errors. I mean, we shot a .170. You just can't do that."

Ryan had four players with double-digit kills. Taylor Terry finished with 19 while Ashley Schroeder added 14 and Sarah Grant poured in 13. Tori Kelly added 11. 

But Ryan (29-14) was never the aggressor. Chisholm Trail (25-15) won the opening set and, despite falling in Set 2, rallied from a 22-19 hole in the third frame to take a 2-1 match lead. Ryan had the ball with that set tied at 26, but Chisholm Trail closed with a 2-0 run.

Taylor Brann finished with 52 assists for Ryan while adding three aces, 27 digs and a block. Kenzi Valadez had 39 digs, two aces and two assists. 

Hervey took over as the head coach in the offseason. Ryan won the district title last year and went on to finish 11-1 in league play this year. 

The Lady Raiders finished in a tie with Wichita Falls Rider for the top spot but entered the playoffs as the district's No. 2 seed after a five-set loss Friday. 

Tuesday marked Ryan's second straight playoff appearance. But the mistakes made in the match were too much to overcome.

"Everything carried over from last week," Hervey said. "It's just disappointing."

STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.