But the Pirates of Pewamo-Westphalia scored seven unanswered points in Game 5 to defeat the Warriors and move on to the state quarterfinals.
Huge momentum swings were the norm as Pewamo-Westphalia, ranked No. 6 in the state in Class C, won the first two games, 25-21 and 25-20.
The Lady Warriors, ranked No. 7, won the next two games 25-23 and 25-16. The Pirates won the tiebreaker, 15-8.
WMC ends its season at 37-12-3.
“When you get this far, it is all about momentum and that was very evident in set five tonight,” Bailey said.
In Game 5, the Lady Warriors went up 6-3, but the Pirates came racing back to tie it at 8-8 and then scored the next seven points for the win.
“We had the momentum until point eight,” Bailey said. “I call a time out and I said, ‘Pass the ball,” and what did No. 2 (the Pirates’ Kasey Schmitt) do? She served the board on us, seven straight points.
“So, it’s a game of momentum. You either have it or you don’t and if you get it, you’d better keep it.
“We did not come out and play one of our more stellar matches tonight,” Bailey added. “We were very slow behind the ball and our passing in the first set was atrocious. Let’s be honest, our team is based on serving and attacking and if we lack in either one of those skills it will be a tight match and that’s what happened tonight.”
Besides Maria Ma’s 20 kills, Rachel Bruinsma added 19 and Vanessa Eekhoff had 10. It was the first time all season Bruinsma did not lead the team in kills.
Bruinsma added 10 aces and Eekhoff had five.
Senior Julie Merz had 44 assists, Anna Sweetman had 13 digs and Bruinsma had three blocks.