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Hudson can't make the pieces fit in its season-ending loss

By MIKE TOMPKINS
Published October 30, 2005


HUDSON - After her team's Class 4A, Region 2 semifinal against St. Augustine Menendez on Saturday, Hudson coach Linda McQuade said her team's postseason play had been its best of the season.

Unfortunately for the Cobras, McQuade's assessment was not of Saturday's match but of the postseason as a whole. Hudson couldn't put all the pieces together in a 25-20, 25-20, 25-19 loss to the Falcons.

"It wasn't what they were doing," McQuade said. "It's what we were doing. We didn't have everyone together. Some of the kids were there, some weren't. We'd get a little piece from everybody, just not at the same time."

In Game 1, Hudson (23-6) was behind before battling back to tie it at 20. After a sideout gave the ball to the Falcons, Karissa Rowland aced three of the next four service points, including the winner. Rowland finished with seven kills and five aces.

Game 2 was more of the same, with the Cobras playing catchup. Hudson, after falling behind 7-2, pulled to within 21-19. Menendez (21-7) pulled away, however, and Rowland's kill sealed the game.

In Game 3, the Cobras never led and Marissa Burrier's kill ended it. Burrier finished with eight kills, one ace and one block.

Hudson was paced by Chrissey Guilliums, who had a team-leading 12 kills and three blocks.

With a team that is losing only two starters - Amber Bentley (seven kills, one ace, one block) and Krysta Aguis - Hudson is optimistic about next season.