The Stanfield High School volleyball team started off slow in their first set against Ione and was unable to recover for the rest of the match, ultimately losing, 3-0.

Coach Lacey Sharp said her team (2-9) spotted Ione about five points at the start of their first game, which the Tigers went on to lose 25-17.

“It is tough to get out of that,” she said.

Sharp said the team followed their first set with many mental mistakes in their second game.

She said the team missed five serves, which was like handing Ione freebie points, and lost 25-15.

During their third game, the Tigers came out fired up led for the first half of the set before Ione finished them off, 25-18.

“They played well but had a little bit of a slump right at about 11 points,” Sharp said.

Hailey Cox led the Tigers with five kills and three blocks. Laura Herrera served up seven aces, and Cassie Muth scooped eight digs in the match.

The team’s loss at home Tuesday marked their fourth consecutive loss of the season. The Tigers were swept by both Elgin and Pilot Rock at Elgin, Saturday.

Stanfield will next play at 6 p.m. Thursday at Irrigon High School.

Sharp said the main thing the team needs to focus on is its mental game.

“Volleyball is a quick sport,” she said. “If you can’t get over your first mistake, you are going to make a couple in a row. They need to shake it off when we make a mistake and do something positive with the ball.”

In other prep volleyball results: The Hermiston Bulldogs split a pair of tournament matches Saturday at the Yakima Sundome. The Bulldogs defeated Kennewick, 29-27 and 25-17, but lost to Glacier Peak, 24-26 and 21-25.

“My team showed marked improvement on defense and our serving consistency increased throughout the day,”?coach Becky Wadekamper said in an email.

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