KRUM — Krum salvaged a rough outing Tuesday when it put together a late rally to beat Paradise 25-23, 25-27, 27-25, 25-20.
The Lady Bobcats (9-2) closed out the fourth set with an impressive 11-3 run, erasing what was a 17-14 Paradise lead. Paradise (4-5) was in control for most of that set and at one point led by five points.
Krum scored five straight to close its run, capping it with back-to-back aces from Kailynn Sales.
The rally was huge for first-year Krum coach Lynn Larson, who watched her team combine with Paradise for 23 service errors.
“There have been times when we have made errors, but tonight we were giving up runs of four and five points off errors,” Larson said. “We have to learn to play smart and adapt to teams we are playing against. But we did good enough to win.”
Krum finished with 10 aces. Seniors Savannah Brinkley and Jordan Crawford led the team with 12 kills apiece, and Machala Noack added 14 assists. Sales and Paige Williams posted 20 and 19 assists, respectively.
But overall, Larson said, the night was a struggle.
Of the 23 service errors, Krum accounted for 14, with six in the first set. Then there were other unforced errors. In the first set, Krum led 14-10, only to see its lead evaporate with four straight hitting errors.
Paradise, which was led by MaKenna Burt’s 12 kills, eventually tied the set and went on a 7-4 run to nearly steal the win. Krum avoided disaster with consecutive kills to take the opening set.
Paradise won the second set when Krum couldn’t convert on match point. Krum had four service errors in the set, and Burt made the Lady Bobcats pay with a huge kill to tie the game at 25. She added an ace on the next play to help close out the set on a 3-0 run.
Things turned in Krum’s favor in the third set. Paradise opened up a 15-9 lead and led 23-20 late, but Krum put together a 7-2 run for the win.
“In the second and third games, I told them to stop worrying about where to spot our serves and focus more on offense,” Larson said. “We didn’t get blocked as many times in the fourth, and I reminded them to stay aggressive at the net. In that set, we made them make unforced errors.”