It was a long week for the Woodridge volleyball team.
First, the Bulldogs lost Sept. 26 at home to Portage Trail Conference Metro Division rival Norton 15-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-23.
Then, on Tuesday, they fell at Metro rival Coventry 25-9, 25-13, 25-20. On WEdnesday, they lost at Mogadore 25-22, 25-13, 22-25, 25-12.
Woodridge is now 7-11 overall and 5-6 in the Metro Division.
According to Bulldogs head coach Katie Cicione, the loss to Norton was between two very evenly matched teams.
"It was just a battle throughout," she said. "The first set felt great. Everything clicked. It looked like what our goal has been to look like all season. But unfortunately we just couldn’t really finish and execute the little things."
Leading the way for Woodridge was freshman outside/right-side hitter Anna Laczo, who had a career-high 18 kills, six digs and three aces.
"Anna is kind of our secret weapon for our offense," said Cicione. "She had really good connections with her setters."
Junior all-around player Mya Lathem had 14 digs, 11 kills and five aces.
"Mya played very consistent defense," Cicione said. "She was very consistent with her serving and had a really good mentality going into the match."
Junior defensive specialist/setter Sarah Abood had 15 assists, 11 digs and two aces, senior libero Lily Bowman recorded 18 digs and two aces and junior setter Alyssa Speakman totaled 20 assists.
Senior right-side hitter Bailey Thompson had 13 digs, three aces and two kills, junior middle/outside hitter Bella McBride had four kills, four digs and three aces, while junior defensive specialist Jordan Ritterbeck amassed nine digs.
Senior middle hitter Jacierra Arnett had two kills and two blocks, and Morgan Clarke hung up three kills.
Cicione said the loss to Coventry was not as one-sided as the scored suggests.
"Coventry is top dog in the Metro Division, but we were really competing with them, especially in the third set," she said. "There were really long rallies. Again, it just came down to finishing within those long rallies at crucial moments, and we didn’t do it. We definitely improved throughout the match, though."
Abood had 16 digs and 11 assists, and Laczo recorded eight digs, seven kills and three aces.
"Sarah was fun to watch. She was just all over the place. She’s kind of our energy within the court," said the coach. "Anna played really well. She was going up against a really experienced defense, but she did a really good job at keeping herself composed and consistent."
Arnett totaled three kills and a pair of blocks.
In the loss to Mogadore, once again Woodridge failed to finish.
"We’re struggling with finishing points," Cicione said. "Mogadore, though, has a girl going Division I in college within their offense, and we had a hard time defending her. That’s what it came down to."
Thompson had 11 digs, four kills and three aces, while McBride amassed six digs, four kills and two aces.
"Bailey played great defense and was really consistent. She adjusted through some crucial moments," said Cicione. "Bella didn’t really get the best kind of sets because the passes weren’t great, but she did a really good job at keeping herself consistent and composed through frustrating moments."
Lathem had nine digs, six kills and two aces, and Speakman had 14 assists and two kills.
The Bulldogs were scheduled to travel to Tallmadge Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
They are set to host Akron Manchester Monday at 7 p.m., Metro rival Ravenna Tuessday at 7 p.m. and division rival Field on Senior Night in the regular-season finale next Thursday at 7 p.m.