It was just one of those nights.
That’s the way Rice volleyball coach Donna Gent put it after her team had an off-night against Buffalo on Monday in the Kerens gym, where Buffalo won a tiebreaking playoff game in three sets (25-15, 25-9. 29-27) that decided the third and fourth seeds in the District 23-2A race.
Buffalo enters the postseason as the No. 3 team from District 23-2A and Rice, which had stormed its way into the playoffs, enters as the No. 4 seed. It’s the third consecutive season that Rice has qualified for the playoffs.
The Lady Bulldogs (18-11 and 5-6 in 23-2A) will play Franklin, which finished first in District 24-2A, at Fairfield High School at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 in the opening round of the playoffs.
“It was just one of those nights,’’ Gent said. “We just couldn’t get started. You want to get the bad stuff out of the way before you go to the playoffs. Hopefully, it’s out of the way.’’
Rice has played well all season, even in its losses. The Lady Bulldogs went 1-4 through the first round of the district, losing all four matches in the fifth set. Rice took over down the stretch and went 4-1 in the second half of the district to go 5-5 and clinch a playoff spot. That 4-1 run included a sweep over Buffalo at Rice.
That’s what Gent wants to see from her kids next week when the playoffs begin.
Seniors Briana Weaver, Samantha Harris, Ashton Metcalfe and Emily Fletcher, juniors Sadie Gent and Kamran McGee, and sophomore Haven Keiller.
“We wanted to get third,’’ she said of Monday’s loss. “But once you get into the playoffs everyone is 0-0. We just had a bad night. They know what they need to do.’’
Rice’s game against Franklin is scheduled for 7 p.m. but if a doubleheader is later scheduled at the Fairfield gym, Rice would play at 6 p.m.. Tickets are avaliable at the school: $4 for adults and $2 for students.
It was just one of those nights.
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