State College cruised through pool play undefeated, but lost its first-round playoff match at the Bobcat Invitational on Saturday.
The Little Lions lost to Saegertown 15-9, 15-11 in the first round to be bounced from the tournament hosted by defending PIAA Class AA champion Northeastern, but coach Kim-Li Kimel felt her team was improved from last weekend’s tournament performance at Norwin.
“We had a much better performance,” Kimel said. “The problem is we are not finishing well. We had a strong showing in pool play, but at the end of the day we’re not playing with the same urgency and aggressive manner.”
Serving was a major issue in the loss, with six errors from the service line in the two sets with no aces, while the team had 14 aces and 19 errors for the day.
“We missed way too many serves and we were not balancing that with aggressive serves,” Kimel said.
State College won its pool with wins against Susquehannock, Exeter, Neshaminy and Cochranton, then beat Wilson 15-3, 15-8 in a play-in match before the loss to Saegertown.
For the day John Weakland led the way with 39 kills and seven blocks, Aaron Cymbor added 21 kills and 21 digs, Tyler Snyder had 20 kills and 23 digs, Noah Christie picked up 28 digs and Brandon Kuruzovich had 88 assists.