The Stanfield volleyball team faced Riverside for the third time this season Thursday, ultimately falling in the match.

The Tigers first played the Pirates at an opening-season jamboree and faced them again at Riverside’s tournament Sept. 6.

In the first full match against the Pirates Thursday, head coach Lacey Sharp had hoped her team would “go out and get a game or two from them.”

They got none.

Riverside used a 10-1 start in the first game to carry them to a 3-game sweep (25-14, 25-23, 25-19).

“They got a big jump on us,” Sharp said of the first game. “We just couldn’t climb back out of it.”

The second set was more even, Sharp said, but a couple missed serves and balls hit out of play doomed the Tigers and forced them into a 2-0 hole.

“We just didn’t have enough energy and talking that we needed,” Sharp said.

It’s a disappointing loss for the Tigers because they were successful in their previous encounters.

“We gotta come out and play our game, but we didn’t play the way were are capable of playing,” Sharp said.

The Tigers will next take the court today at the Sherman tournament. Play starts at 10 a.m.

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