Earlier in the season, the Hudson girls volleyball had a rather listless performance against Wadsworth on its home floor.
Let’s just say Thursday’s performance was far more invigorating.
Unfortunately, the Explorers fell just a bit short.
Hudson dropped to 9-4 overall and 5-3 in the Suburban League National Conference after losing to the host Grizzlies 25-23, 20-25, 18-25, 25-19, 15-12.
While the match didn’t get the desired result Brad Disandis wanted, the Explorers head coach was downright stoked by his team’s play.
"Wow, what a match," Disandis said. "We played some of our best volleyball against a very good team that had only dropped one set in our conference coming into [Thursday’s] match.
"We knew we needed to close it out in the fourth set, but we fell short."
Hudson had a 7-4 lead in the decisive set, but a costly error gave Wadsworth the momentum back.
"I’m really proud of how far we have come and we handle our business and face adversity," Disandis said. "We left it all out on the floor, which is all we can ask of our girls."
As usual, just about nothing got past the unflappable Amelia Hoffmeier. The standout libero finished with an astonishing 62 digs to go along with eight service points, including two aces.
Brooke Ramlow had 21 assists, 17 service points, including two aces, eight kills and three blocks and Page Gross was lethal in the middle with seven service points, six kills, five digs and four blocks.
Also faring well for the Explorers were Cailynn Sullivan (seven kills, five service points and four digs), Morgan Gaeta (five kills, five service points and 18 digs), Allyson Yanak (nine kills, eight digs and three blocks), Anna Faust (18 digs), Melissa Hansen (20 assists and seven digs), Rylyn Dearstine (three blocks and two kills) and Erica Kutchin (four kills).