MALC falls in five sets to Bagdad: Lady Patriots lose 25-20, 24-26, 21-25, 25-18, 9-15

September 19, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — The Lady Patriots underachieved as they did not measure up to their head coach’s expectations.

Mohave Accelerated Learning Center head coach Vicky Hoyt said her Patriots were so “on point” during the tournament at Ash Fork High School on Friday.

The Patriots lost 25-20, 24-26, 21-25, 25-18, 9-15 to the Bagdad High School Lady Sultans at Mohave Accelerated Learning Center during the Arizona Interscholastic Association 1A West Region volleyball game on Tuesday night.

“Maybe they’re worn out,” said Hoyt about her Patriots, who won two of six matches — they played tough competition from bigger schools — during the Spartan Classic at Ash Fork last weekend.

Despite the loss to the Sultans, Hoyt complimented a few of her Patriots’ performances against the Sultans.

“Sierra Demers served well,” Hoyt said. “She also played well in the back row.”

Demers recorded 12 service points during the Patriots’ first-set win.

The MALC head coach said she liked the way Summer Zimmerman played against the Sultans. “She had a rough — mostly it was a story of people coming out rough and finally getting it until it was too late,” said Hoyt about Zimmerman and the rest of her Patriots.

Zimmerman had it in gear during the fourth set when she recorded five service points in a row, which helped propel MALC to its other win.

However, the Sultans, behind the serve of Olivia Hitch, had more gas than the Patriots during the fifth and decisive set.

Hitch recorded eight service points in a row to catapult the Sultan to set and match.

MALC is 0-8 overall, 0-3 in conference, 0-3 in region, and Bagdad is 5-4, 4-4, 2-1.

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