Prior to the season, the Tallmadge volleyball team had its sights set on competing for the Suburban League American Conference championship.

As the first half of the conference season gets near the halfway point, the Blue Devils may be out of the race already.

Tallmadge, which lost just two matches in conference play last season, fell to 7-3 overall and 3-3 in the conference after suffering a 25-22, 19-25, 27-25, 25-21 defeat to host Highland Tuesday in Granger Township.

Sydney Kirker led the Blue Devils with 18 kills and Ellie Kirker had 23 assists. Kelsie Horner added 22 digs for Tallmadge.