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Belles’ struggles continue

Justin Schuver | Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Saint Mary’s (8-6, 1-5) continued to have trouble winning in conference, falling to Hope in four sets at home Tuesday by the score of 20-30, 30-28, 24-30, 26-30.

“It seems like we didn’t get started in that first game,” said middle hitter Elise Rupright. “We really need that first game to get us going.”

Outside hitter Kristen Playko led the Belles with 21 kills and defensive specialist Alison Shevik led the team in digs with 22.

Settter Lauren Temple and Playko each had three blocks. Temple also had 42 assists.

“The team really played with a lot of heart,” Rupright said. “We did many things right. It was close again, but we didn’t quite pull it out.”

The Belles aren’t hitting their stride.

“We’re coming up short a lot and we’re searching for what it is we’re missing,” Rupright said.

Saint Mary’s has one last chance to win a conference game at home as they play Olivet Saturday at noon.